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Janelle Monae
“QUEER, BOLD STORIES THAT BATTLE GATEKEEPING AND ERASURE”
Booklist
Mon, Apr 18, 2022
 
Janelle Monáe In Conversation
Talks | Literary

WITH literary collaborators DANNY LORE AND SHEREE RENÉE THOMAS
MODERATED BY KYLE DARGAN
LAUNCH OF THE MEMORY LIBRARIAN: AND OTHER STORIES OF DIRTY COMPUTER
CO-PRESENTED BY BAM, GREENLIGHT BOOKSTORE, AND THE LIT. BAR

 
Part of Unbound

Groundbreaking musician, actor, fashion icon, and futurist Janelle Monáe is joined by literary collaborators Danny Lore and Sheree Renée Thomas for a conversation moderated by Kyle Dargan to celebrate the launch of The Memory Librarian at BAM. A sexy, soulful, and dissident collection of short fiction, The Memory Librarian brings to the written page the rebellious and Afrofuturistic world of Monáe’s critically acclaimed album Dirty Computer. The stories in The Memory Librarian explore the lives of those living in an increasingly surveillance-hungry, totalitarian order—striving to see and hold onto their “dirtiness” without being tracked down and cleaned. Filled with the artistic innovation and brave themes that have made Janelle Monáe a global influence, this anthology sees our battles about gender identity, political violence, and sexuality as matters of space, time, love, and the power of memory.


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ON SALE DATES
Thu Mar 17
BAM Members & Patrons
 
Mon Mar 21
General Public
 
 
RUN TIME
75min
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All tickets will include a book: $35, $45, $55, $65. The first 100 people to arrive at the event will receive a signed copy of the book.

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Janelle Monae
BIO
Janelle Monáe
Janelle Monáe is widely celebrated as an American singer-songwriter, actress, producer, fashion icon, and futurist whose globally successful career spans over a decade. With her highly theatrical and stylized concept albums, she has garnered eight Grammy nominations and has developed her own label imprint, Wondaland Arts Society. Monáe has also earned great success as an actor, starring in critically acclaimed films including Moonlight, Hidden Figures, Harriet, The Glorias, and the 2020 horror film Antebellum. She will star in the highly anticipated sequel Knives Out 2. The Memory Librarian is her debut book.
Danny Lore
BIO
Danny Lore
Danny Lore is a queer Black writer-editor raised in Harlem and currently based in the Bronx. They've worked in gaming shops and with comics, including Queen Of Bad Dreams from Vault Comics; Quarter Killer for Comixology; James Bond for Dynamite; and is the new writer on Marvel Comics' Champions series. They also edited The Good Fight anthology and The Wilds from Black Mask comics.
Sheree Renee Thomas
Bio
Sheree Renée Thomas
Sheree Renée Thomas is the Memphis-based author of Nine Bar Blues: Stories from an Ancient Forever, and her work appears in The Big Book of Modern Fantasy (1945—2010). She is also the author of Sleeping Under the Tree of Life and Shotgun Lullabies. Her stories and poems are widely anthologized, and her essays appear in The New York Times. She edited the two-volume World Fantasy Award-winning Dark Matter, which first introduced W.E.B. Du Bois’ work as science fiction, and was the first Black author to be honored with the World Fantasy Award. She serves as associate editor of Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora and as editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.
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