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With literally dozens of copies in the various NYC library systems, this book seemed like a perfect choice. We're actually gonna try and find someplace outdoors for this one, so stay tuned for a location update closer to the day... New York Times bestseller * Six starred reviews At once provocative, terrifying, and darkly subversive, Dread Nation is Justina Ireland's stunning vision of an America both foreign and familiar—a country on the brink, at the explosive crossroads where race, humanity, and survival meet. Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania—derailing the War Between the States and changing the nation forever. In this new America, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Education Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. But there are also opportunities—and Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It's a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane. After all, not even being the daughter of a wealthy white Southern woman could save her from society’s expectations. But that’s not a life Jane wants. Almost finished with her education at Miss Preston's School of Combat in Baltimore, Jane is set on returning to her Kentucky home and doesn’t pay much mind to the politics of the eastern cities, with their talk of returning America to the glory of its days before the dead rose. But when families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy, one that finds her in a desperate fight for her life against some powerful enemies. And the restless dead, it would seem, are the least of her problems... “Ireland delivers a necessary, subversive, and explosive novel with her fantasy-laced alternate history that does the all-important work of exploring topics of oppression, racism, and slavery while simultaneously accomplishing so much more. Brilliant and gut-wrenching.” (Booklist (starred review)) “Abundant action, thoughtful worldbuilding, and a brave, smart, and skillfully drawn cast entertain as Ireland (Promise of Shadows) illustrates the ignorance and immorality of racial discrimination and examines the relationship between equality and freedom. Mounting peril creates a pulse-pounding pace, hurtling readers toward a nail-biting conclusion.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review)) “Will catch readers off-guard with its blend of genres: it starts out as an historical thriller but then tosses in hard hits of mystery, dystopian reimagining, romance, and humor. Jane’s voice reads familiar to more contemporary considerations of Black girlhood, with elements such as beauty standards, colorism, and friendships.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)) “This absorbing page-turner works on multiple levels: as unflinching alternate history set in post-Reconstruction-era Maryland and Kansas; as a refreshingly subversive action story starring a badass heroine; as zombie fiction suspenseful; and as a compelling exhortation to scrutinize the racist underpinnings of contemporary American sociopolitical systems.” (Horn Book (starred review))
We'll be looking for an Outdoor meeting space for this one, so stay tuned for location updates... From the cofounder of VerySmartBrothas.com, and one of the most read writers on race and culture at work today, a provocative and humorous memoir-in-essays that explores the ever-shifting definitions of what it means to be Black (and male) in America For Damon Young, existing while Black is an extreme sport. The act of possessing black skin while searching for space to breathe in America is enough to induce a ceaseless state of angst where questions such as “How should I react here, as a professional black person?” and “Will this white person’s potato salad kill me?” are forever relevant. From one of our most respected cultural observers, What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker is a hilarious and honest debut that is both a celebration of the idiosyncrasies and distinctions of Blackness and a critique of white supremacy and how we define masculinity. Reviews... “His essays are pointed, ruminative, often barbed and funny reflections on how the fact of his skin color has posed particular lifelong challenges, questions, and anxieties.” (“Weekend Edition,” NPR) “The VerySmartBrothas.com co-founder and senior editor for The Root has already established himself as one of our most vibrant voices on race. Now comes his first book, a blazing memoir in essays.” (Entertainment Weekly, “20 Great New Books to Read this March”) “One of the freshest, most impor¬tant black voices on the internet.” (Mother Jones) “Authentic, keen, and touching . . . The beauty of What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker is that Young never tries to make it easy for readers. . . this timely and powerful book. . . like the work of bell hooks and Roxane Gay, should be required reading.” (NPR)
Holy smokes! This one snuck up on us so we're late announcing it, but HURRY UP AND GET YOUR TICKETS FOR SPIDER-MAN FAR FROM HOME! They're on sale now for Saturday, July 6, 7pm at Alamo Drafthouse in Albee Square, BK. There aren't that many left so grab yours now! https://www.fandango.com/alamo-drafthouse-downtown-brooklyn-AAXUN/theater-page?date=2019-07-06 See you there! Excelsior!
It's that time of year again Blerds, time to celebrate Brooklyn with a summer of free outdoor concerts! This year's lineup includes some really exciting acts, like Tank and the Bangas, Ibeyi and Sudan Archives, Sampa The Great and even a viewing of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon! We can't see everything, so we'll be announcing individual Meetups for shows we plan on going to. Please let us know if there's anything in particular you'd like to see. Here's the full line-up.... BRIC CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! FESTIVAL — 2019 FREE SHOW LINEUP Tuesday, June 4, 8:00pm BET Opening Night Concert PATTI LABELLE Saturday, June 8, 7:00pm American Express Women in Music Series IBEYI | SUDAN ARCHIVES | ORION SUN Saturday, June 15, 3:00pm Family Concert RICH MEDINA | SHAREEF KEYES AND THE GROOVE Thursday, June 20, 7:30pm TANK AND THE BANGAS | CORY HENRY & THE FUNK APOSTLES Friday, June 21, 7:30pm Bud Light Music Series CALEXICO AND IRON & WINE | ADIA VICTORIA Saturday, June 22, 7:30pm TORTOISE: TNT | EMILY WELLS WITH METROPOLIS ENSEMBLE Wednesday, June 26, 7:30pm CHUCHO VALDÉS – JAZZ BATÁ | DAFNIS PRIETO SI O SI QUARTE Thursday, June 27, 7:30pm Bud Light Music Series PROTOJE | JAH9 | YOGA ON DUB | DJ TOP NOTCH & MICRO DON Friday, June 28, 7:30pm CELSO PIÑA | DOS SANTOS | RIOBAMBA Saturday, June 29, 7:00pm American Express Women in Music Series LIZ PHAIR | TED LEO AND THE PHARMACISTS | CAROLINE ROSE Friday, July 5, 7:30pm MICK JENKINS | LEIKELI47 | LEVEN KALI | JOY POSTELL Saturday, July 6, 7:00pm ODDISEE | 47SOUL | NARCY Friday, July 12, 7:00pm Eventbrite Music Series Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC) Showcase GABY MORENO AND VAN DYKE PARKS: SPANGLED | ENJAMBRE | EL DAVID AGUILAR Saturday, July 13, 7:30pm SALIF KEITA | COURTNEE ROZE Thursday, July 18, 7:30pm American Express Women in Music Series I’M WITH HER | DARLINGSIDE Friday, July 19, 7:30pm Bud Light Music Series BURNA BOY | SAMPA THE GREAT | DJ TUNEZ Saturday, July 20, 8:00pm Music & Movies ALLOY ORCHESTRA: VARIETÉ | LAVA Thursday, July 25, 7:30pm Bud Light Music Series SURPRISE HEADLINER | NILÜFER YANYA Friday, July 26, 7:30pm Eventbrite Music Series JIDENNA | ANIK KHAN | DJ MOMA Saturday, July 27, 8:00pm COMPAGNIE HERVÉ KOUBI Friday, August 2, 7:00pm NOSAJ THING DJ SET | KIMBRA | BELLS ATLAS Saturday, August 3, 7:30pm Music & Movies CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON | LOU REED TAI CHI DAY Thursday, August 8, 8:00pm AILEY II Friday, August 9, 7:30pm WHAT’S GOING ON FEATURING FELICIA COLLINS, TOSHI REAGON, SIEDAH GARRETT, KECIA LEWIS, AND OTHERS Saturday, August 10, 7:30pm Eventbrite Music Series Bomba Estéreo | Delsonido