We are thrilled to be helping present this evening with one of the most electrifying literary voices to come along in recent years. Saeed Jones first came to readers’ attention with his award-winning debut poetry collection, Prelude to Bruise. He is here at the Northwest African American Museum this evening with one of the fall’s most anticipated books, How We Fight For Our Lives: A Memoir (Simon & Schuster).
The praise? The praise! “This memoir is a rhapsody in the truest sense of the word, fragments of epic poetry woven together so skillfully, so tenderly, so brutally, that you will find yourself aching in the way only masterful writing can make a person ache. How We Fight for Our Lives is that rare book that will show you what it means to be needful, to be strong, to be gloriously human and fighting for your life.” - Roxane Gay.
“This book. Oh my goodness. It is everything everyone needs right now—both love song and battle cry, brilliant as fuck and at times, heartbreaking as hell. Every single living half-grown and grownup body needs to read this book. I’m shook. I’m changed.” - Jacqueline Woodson.
“There will be little left to say, and so much left to make after the world experiences Saeed Jones's How We Fight for Our Lives. This is that rare piece of literary art that teaches us how to read and write on every page. It's so black. So queer. So subtextual, and amazingly so sincere. Saeed changes everything we thought we knew about memoir writing, narrative structure, and heart meat. All three are obliterated. All three are tended to over and over again. All three will never ever be the same after this book. It's really that good.” - Kiese Laymon.
Co-presented by the Northwest African American Museum and Elliott Bay Book Company. Free admission.