July 5, 2011 – Poet, novelist, and educator Sapphire read from her new book The Kid, a sequel to her well-received novel Push. NPR’s Katherine Lanpher led the conversation at Barnes & Noble Union Square in NYC.
From the book jacket: A story of body and spirit, rooted in the hungers of flesh and of the soul, The Kid brings us deep into the interior life of Abdul Jones. We meet him at age nine, on the day of his mother’s funeral. Left alone to navigate a world in which love and hate sometimes hideously masquerade, forced to confront unspeakable violence, his history, and the dark corners of his own heart, Abdul claws his way toward adulthood and toward an identity he can stand behind.
The reading was complimented with performances by singer Imani Uzuri and dancer Davon Doanne.
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