Monday, October 13, 7:00 PM
OFFSITE EVENT: Irondale Center
Good Neighbors and Greenlight Bookstore present
An Evening with Charles Blow, author of Fire Shut Up In My Bones
In conversation with Gbenga Akinnagbe
Food provided by: No. 7 Restaurant and Chef Tyler Kord
Tickets: $40 (event with copy of Fire Shut Up in my Bones) $25 (event only)
New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow, a Brooklyn resident recently named one of the most influential African Americans in the world by The Root magazine is the author of Fire Shut Up In My Bones, a gorgeous, moving, and powerfully redemptive memoir of how one of America's most innovative and respected journalists found his voice by coming to terms with a painful past. In the out-of-time African-American Louisiana town where Blow grew up, slavery’s legacy felt astonishingly close. His fiercely driven mother could not protect him from damaging secret abuse; though he escapes to a nearby state university, he still has to confront the legacy of years of anger and confusion his ordeal has caused. Blow will engage in an intimate conversation about his memoir and the lives of black boys with writer/actor Gbenga Akinnagbe. Book signing to follow, accompanied by drinks and refreshments from local restaurant No. 7. Ticket sales benefit the Good Neighbors Project, a resource for seniors in the Fort Greene and Clinton Hill neighborhoods.
Tickets available at goodneighborsproject.org/cmblowevent. Doors open at 6:30. Irondale Center is located at 85 South Oxford Street (between Lafayette and Fulton), Brooklyn.
Community Engagement Partner: AfroPunk
Publicity partner: Megan Wilson, Senior Publicity Manager, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Sponsors: No. 7 Restaurant and Stoli
Produced by: AJahi Nicole Adams