Offsite (Brooklyn Public Library):
Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 7:30 PM
Kiese Laymon presents Heavy: An American Memoir
In conversation with Morgan Jerkins
Free with RSVP
Part of BPL Presents
Few writers can expose the enduring failures of American society through the lens of a personal narrative with unflinching candor and raw vulnerability. Genre-bending essayist and novelist Kiese Laymon has accomplished this impressive feat with his highly-anticipated forthcoming book Heavy: An American Memoir, a searing book that explores what the weight of a lifetime of secrets, lies, and deception does to a black body, a black family, and a nation teetering on the brink of moral collapse. With a commitment to facing hard truths, Heavy charts Laymon’s early experiences of sexual violence and toxic masculinity growing up in Jackson, Mississippi; his complex and often painful relationship to his brilliant mother; first-hand experiences with racism in academia; and the physical manifestations of trauma, including obesity, anorexia, and gambling addiction, on his own body. The portrait that emerges in Heavy is deeply intimate yet entirely inclusive of our shared memories of an abusive nation. Laymon will be in conversation with Morgan Jerkins, author of the acclaimed essay collection This Will Be My Undoing. A Q&A and book signing will follow.