Elizabeth Alexander - Trayvon Generation

Monday, April 4, 7pm CT / 8pm ET
Exclusive Online Event - Book Purchase to gain admission

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Rectangular image with headshot of author Elizabeth Alexander (photo by Djeneba Aduayom) on the left half and a picture of the cover of "The Trayvon Generation" on the right half.Left Bank Books and Books & Books with Miami Book Fair + independent bookstores welcome 
prize-winning and New York Times bestselling author, renowned American poet, educator, scholar, and cultural advocate
Elizabeth Alexander,
for a special virtual event to discuss
The Trayvon Generation,
in an exclusive online event at 7pm CT / 8pm ET on April 4th.
Alexander will be in conversation with Poet, Writer, Curator, & Organizer
Mahogany L. Browne.
Order a SIGNED copy of
from Left Bank Books to gain access to the event & support authors and independent bookstores!
Please purchase before April 4th, 6pm CT to gain access to the event.
The event will now have a free option for greater access to the event. Please RSVP here to receive the link.
If you are not able to attend live, a recording will be available.
Bookplates are available while supplies last.
 
About the Speakers
Elizabeth Alexander is a prize-winning and New York Times bestselling author, renowned American poet, educator, scholar, and cultural advocate. Her memoir, The Light of the World, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Awards. She composed and recited “Praise Song for the Day” for President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration and is currently president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the nation’s largest funder in the arts, culture, and humanities.
 
Mahogany L. Browne, selected as Kennedy Center's Next 50, is the Executive Director of JustMedia, a media literacy initiative supporting the groundwork of criminal justice leaders and community members. This position is informed by her career as a writer, organizer, & educator. Browne has received fellowships from Agnes Gund, Air Serenbe, Cave Canem, Poets House, Mellon Research & Rauschenberg. She is the author of recent works: Vinyl Moon, Chlorine Sky, Woke: A Young Poets Call to Justice, Woke Baby, & Black Girl Magic. As the founder of the diverse lit initiative, Woke Baby Book Fair. Browne's latest project is a poetry collection responding to the impact of mass incarceration on women and children: I Remember Death By Its Proximity to What I Love (Haymarket Books). She is the first-ever poet-in-residence at the Lincoln Center and lives in Brooklyn, NY.
 
 
About The Trayvon Generation
*Named one of TIME magazine's Most Anticipated Titles of 2022*

From a Pulitzer Prize finalist and New York Times bestselling author and poet comes a galvanizing meditation on the power of art and culture to illuminate America's unresolved problem with race.

In the midst of civil unrest in the summer of 2020 and following the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, Elizabeth Alexander--one of the great literary voices of our time--turned a mother's eye to her sons' and students' generation and wrote a celebrated and moving reflection on the challenges facing young Black America. Originally published in the New Yorker, the essay incisively and lovingly observed the experiences, attitudes, and cultural expressions of what she referred to as the Trayvon Generation, who even as children could not be shielded from the brutality that has affected the lives of so many Black people.

The Trayvon Generation expands the viral essay that spoke so resonantly to the persistence of race as an ongoing issue at the center of the American experience. Alexander looks both to our past and our future with profound insight, brilliant analysis, and mighty heart, interweaving her voice with groundbreaking works of art by some of our most extraordinary artists. At this crucial time in American history when we reckon with who we are as a nation and how we move forward, Alexander's lyrical prose gives us perspective informed by historical understanding, her lifelong devotion to education, and an intimate grasp of the visioning power of art.

This breathtaking book is essential reading and an expression of both the tragedies and hopes for the young people of this era that is sure to be embraced by those who are leading the movement for change and anyone rising to meet the moment.

"Vigorous and inspiring...By capturing the rich spectrum of Black culture in America, Alexander offers hope and instruction for younger generations. The result is a thought-provoking must-read."-- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
"Punctuated with gripping pieces of art that complement the text. Each piece is compelling in its own right as they entwine with the representation of human experience that Alexander demonstrates for readers... At its core, this is a powerful treatise on the humanity of Black Americans and how it has been denied, how generations of people have persisted despite that fact, and how it continues to be one of the most pressing issues we face as a nation. A dynamic critique on the sprawling effects of racism and its effects on today's youth."-- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
 
 

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The event will now have a free option for greater access to the event. Please RSVP here to receive the link.

 

Virtual Event - Book Purchase Required
Books: 
The Trayvon Generation Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781538737897
Availability: On Our Shelves (Note - We update this inventory once per day.)
Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 5th, 2022

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The Light of the World: A Memoir (Pulitzer Prize in Letters: Biography Finalist) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781455599868
Availability: Ships quickly (1-7 days)
Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 6th, 2016

Vinyl Moon Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593176436
Availability: Ships quickly (1-7 days)
Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - January 11th, 2022

Chlorine Sky Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593176399
Availability: Ships quickly (1-7 days)
Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - January 12th, 2021

Woke: A Young Poet's Call to Justice Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250311207
Availability: Ships quickly (1-7 days)
Published: Roaring Brook Press - March 10th, 2020

Woke Baby Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781626722958
Availability: Ships quickly (1-7 days)
Published: Roaring Brook Press - December 31st, 2018

Black Girl Magic: A Poem Cover Image
By Mahogany L. Browne, Jess X. Snow (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250173720
Availability: Special Order
Published: Roaring Brook Press - January 2nd, 2018