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Author Talk & Book Signing Featuring Mychal Denzel Smith
November 1, 2017 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT
An Author Talk & Book Signing Featuring Mychal Denzel Smith
“An ambitious blend of autobiography and cultural criticism.”
–New York Times Book Review, Editors’ Choice
“[an] audacious debut book…This is a must-read book for the generations.”
—Charlie Braxton, Washington Post
“…a superbly thoughtful memoir.”—Buzzfeed
Mychal Denzel Smith is a New York Times-bestselling author and a 2017 NAACP Image Award nominee.
His debut book, Invisible Man, Got The Whole World Watching, is a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice. Recognized as a groundbreaking cross between the memoir and cultural criticism genres, Smith’s book has been lauded by critics and scholars alike.
In fact, author and professor, Melissa Harris-Perry, said of Smith’s work, “[it] answers the pressing but unasked question, what would happen if all those black boys felled by bullets had a chance to make mistakes, read books, fall in love, hone skills, take new paths, and grow up?” On November 1, 2017, at 7:00PM, we are excited to welcome Mychal Denzel Smith to MahoganyBooks to examine and discuss this question in addition to taking audience questions and autographing books in the heart of Anacostia, Washington DC.
We encourage you to join us for an engaging, insightful and empowering evening centered on the powerful words of Mr. Mychal Denzel Smith.
This event is sponsored by Duende District and Anacostia Arts Center.
November 1, 2017 at 7PM
MahoganyBooks @ Anacostia Arts Center
1231 Good Hope Rd., SE Washington DC 20020
About the Book
How do you learn to be a black man in America? For young black men today, it means coming of age during the presidency of Barack Obama. It means witnessing the deaths of Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Akai Gurley, and too many more. It means celebrating powerful moments of black self-determination for LeBron James, Dave Chappelle, and Frank Ocean.
In Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching, Mychal Denzel Smith chronicles his own personal and political education during these tumultuous years, describing his efforts to come into his own in a world that denied his humanity. Smith unapologetically upends reigning assumptions about black masculinity, rewriting the script for black manhood so that depression and anxiety aren’t considered taboo, and feminism and LGBTQ rights become part of the fight. The questions Smith asks in this book are urgent–for him, for the martyrs and the tokens, and for the Trayvons that could have been and are still waiting.
About the Author
Mychal Denzel Smith is a Knobler Fellow at The Nation Institute, a contributing writer for The Nation magazine, and a contributor to Feministing.com and Salon. He has also written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Guardian, The Root, theGrio, ThinkProgress, and The Huffington Post, and he has been a featured commentator on NPR, BBC radio, CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera America, HuffPost Live, and a number of other radio and television programs. His work has won praise from celebrated writers, journalists, and public intellectuals, including Marc Lamont Hill, Melissa Harris-Perry, Jeremy Scahill, Jessica Valenti, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Chris Hayes, Michael Eric Dyson, Janet Mock, Tayari Jones, Jelani Cobb, and more.
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