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10.14.2019 | Left Bank Books Presents: Saeed Jones – How We Fight for Our Lives | Free

October 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

Categories: Literature & Poetry


Left Bank Books presents award-winning poet Saeed Jones, who will sign and discuss his stunning coming-of-age memoir written at the crossroads of sex, race, and power, How We Fight For Our Lives.

Haunted and haunting, Jones’s memoir tells the story of a young, black, gay man from the South as he fights to carve out a place for himself, within his family, within his country, within his own hopes, desires, and fears. Through a series of vignettes that chart a course across the American landscape, Jones draws readers into his boyhood and adolescence—into tumultuous relationships with his mother and grandmother, into passing flings with lovers, friends and strangers. Each piece builds into a larger examination of race and queerness, power and vulnerability, love and grief: a portrait of what we all do for one another—and to one another—as we fight to become ourselves.

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