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Jabari Asim will be in conversation about his newest book, Yonder.
Asim’s novel opens with this: “All of us have two tongues. The first is for them…The second is for us. It is a song of dreams and drums, whispered promises and incantations. This tongue reminds us that, despite everything, we love.” And from this point on, main characters William and Cato grasp at the little opportunities they do have to love, piecing together interior lives that are not altogether theirs to begin with. Having grown up as enslaved children in the American South, they become accustomed to merciless physical labor and unforgiving plantation owners. Only through shared language and community can they find a source of comfort, faith, and escape. And in spite of the horror of their circumstances, they eventually find themselves falling in deep for someone else: William with the strong-willed Margaret, and Cato with the imaginative Pandora.
Jabari Asim is a writer and multidisciplinary artist. He directs the MFA program in creative writing at Emerson College, where he is also the Elma Lewis Distinguished Fellow in Social Justice. His nonfiction books include The N Word: Who Can Say It, Who Shouldn’t, and Why; What Obama Means: For Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Future; Not Guilty: Twelve Black Men Speak Out on Law, Justice, and Life; and We Can’t Breathe: On Black Lives, White Lies, and the Art of Survival. His books for children include Whose Toes Are Those? and Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis. His works of fiction include A Taste of Honey and Only the Strong. To learn more, visit jabariasim.org.
Order your copy of Yonder from the Ivy Bookshop.
Writers LIVE programs are supported in part by a bequest from The Miss Howard Hubbard Adult Programming Fund
The conversation will also be broadcast on the Enoch Pratt Free Library Facebook page and YouTube page. It can be watched after the broadcast on the library's Facebook Live. Click here for the Live video library.
Thursday, March 10 at 7:00pm
Central Library, Wheeler Auditorium
400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201