Wednesday, August 28, 7:30 PM
MK Asante presents Buck
In conversation with editor Chris Jackson
MK Asante was born in Zimbabwe to brilliant American parents, but in his early teens found himself alone in North Philadelphia – his mother in a mental hospital, his father gone, his older brother in prison – and forced to find his own way to survive. Lost in a fog of drugs, sex, and violence, Asante sought refuge in the poetry of hip-hop giants – Tupac, Jay-Z, Nas – and later, in the words of Kerouac, Whitman, Orwell. Asante’s memoir Buck is the story of his rise from dealer and delinquent to writer, filmmaker, poet, and professor. It is an inspiring tribute to the power of education, art, and literature to heal the broken pieces that exist inside all of us, and the riveting story of a generation told through Asante’s dazzlingly poetic voice. Asante discusses his work with Chris Jackson, his editor at Spiegel & Grau, who has also worked with award-winning and bestselling authors including Edwidge Danticat and Victor LaValle.