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A Conversation with Hanif Abdurraqib

April 15 @ EST 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Free

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Hanif will be in conversation with Rebecca Rafferty.

Buy Hanif’s books at Ampersand and join the conversation:

In A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance, Hanif Abdurraqib has written a profound and lasting reflection on how Black performance is inextricably woven into the fabric of American culture. Each moment in every performance he examines—whether it’s the twenty-seven seconds in “Gimme Shelter” in which Merry Clayton wails the words “rape, murder,” a schoolyard fistfight, a dance marathon, or the instant in a game of spades right after the cards are dealt—has layers of resonance in Black and white cultures, the politics of American empire, and Abdurraqib’s own personal history of love, grief, and performance.

 

Abdurraqib writes prose brimming with jubilation and pain, infused with the lyricism and rhythm of the musicians he loves. With care and generosity, he explains the poignancy of performances big and small, each one feeling intensely familiar and vital, both timeless and desperately urgent. 

“Whether heralding unsung entertainers or reexamining legends, Hanif Abdurraqib weaves together gorgeous essays that reveal the resilience, heartbreak, and joy within Black performance. I read this book breathlessly.”—Brit Bennett, author of The Vanishing Half

More books by Hanif Abdurraqib available at Ampersand Books. 


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Date:
April 15
Time:
7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Cost:
Free
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Thursday, April 15, 7 - 7:30 pm EST

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