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Oblong Author Lecture Series- feat. Kiese Laymon

  • Murray's 73 Broadway Tivoli United States (map)

A Fundraiser for Tivoli Free Library
Tickets Required, Purchased Through Oblong Books
Tickets $17 - Includes one paperback copy of HEAVY: An American Memoir

In this powerful, provocative, and universally lauded memoir—shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal and Kirkus Prize—genre-bending essayist and novelist Kiese Laymon “provocatively meditates on his trauma growing up as a black man, and in turn crafts an essential polemic against American moral rot” (Entertainment Weekly). Named a Best Book of 2018 by the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, NPR, Broadly, Buzzfeed (Nonfiction), The Undefeated, Library Journal (Biography/Memoirs), The Washington Post (Nonfiction), Southern Living (Southern), Entertainment Weekly, and The New York Times Critics.

In Heavy, Laymon writes eloquently and honestly about growing up a hard-headed black son to a complicated and brilliant black mother in Jackson, Mississippi. From his early experiences of sexual violence, to his suspension from college, to time in New York as a college professor, Laymon charts his complex relationship with his mother, grandmother, anorexia, obesity, sex, writing, and ultimately gambling. Heavy is a “gorgeous, gutting…generous” (The New York Times) memoir that combines personal stories with piercing intellect to reflect both on the strife of American society and on Laymon’s experiences with abuse. By attempting to name secrets and lies he and his mother spent a lifetime avoiding, he asks us to confront the terrifying possibility that few in this nation actually know how to responsibly love, and even fewer want to live under the weight of actually becoming free.
A percentage of ticket sales and book sales at this event will be donated to support Tivoli Free Library.

Earlier Event: February 23
The Porch + Dance Afterparty