G'Ra Asim - Boyz N the Void - Paperback Release Party with special guests Baby Got Back Talk

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 - 7:00pm
Tuesday, May 10, 7pm CT
In person at Heavy Anchor
5226 Gravois Ave, St. Louis, MO 63116
$10 cover or $8 discounted cover with purchase of Boyz N the Void
Tickets available at the door
This event is strictly 21+
Left Bank Books welcomes writer, musician, and St. Louis native
G'Ra Asim,
who will celebrate the paperback release of 
Boyz n the Void: a mixtape to my brother,
at the Heavy Anchor at 7pm CT on May 10th.
Baby Got Back Talk
will follow the discussion and reading with a live concert!
Join us in person and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
G'Ra Asim is a writer, a musician, and an assistant professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis. He has served as writing director at the African American Policy Forum and as graduate teaching fellow in Columbia's Undergraduate Writing Program. His work has appeared in SlateSalonGuernicaThe Baffler, and The New Republic. When not writing prose or teaching, he sings, plays bass and writes lyrics for NYC DIY pop punk band babygotbacktalk, who were named one of AfroPunk's "Top 8 Punkest Bands on the Planet Right Now."

Baby Got Back Talk is a D–I–Why?–because–we–gotta punk party. Their debut album “Genre Reveal Party” is OUT NOW! Driven by a DIY ethic, conversant with social issues — especially as they pertain to gender and race, enabled by interweb, bankrolled by day jobs, resonant with the most venerable iterations of punk but firmly committed to injecting some new flavor into the mold. Visit their website at babygotbacktalk.com

G'Ra Asim- vocals/bass
Rhi Hernandez - keys/vocals
Jake Lazaroff - guitar/vocals
Wes Ruiz - drums
Writing to his brother, G'Ra Asim reflects on building his own identity while navigating Blackness, masculinity, and young adulthood--all through wry social commentary and music/pop culture critique

How does one approach Blackness, masculinity, otherness, and the perils of young adulthood? For G'Ra Asim, punk music offers an outlet to express himself freely. As his younger brother, Gyasi, grapples with finding his footing in the world, G'Ra gifts him with a survival guide for tackling the sometimes treacherous cultural terrain particular to being young, Black, brainy, and weird in the form of a mixtape.

Boyz n the Void: a mixtape to my brother blends music and cultural criticism and personal essay to explore race, gender, class, and sexuality as they pertain to punk rock and straight edge culture. Using totemic punk rock songs on a mixtape to anchor each chapter, the book documents an intergenerational conversation between a Millennial in his 30s and his zoomer teenage brother. Author, punk musician, and straight edge kid, G'Ra Asim weaves together memoir and cultural commentary, diving into the depths of everything from theory to comic strips, to poetry to pizza commercials to mapping the predicament of the Black creative intellectual.

With each chapter dedicated to a particular song and placed within the context of a fraternal bond, Asim presents his brother with a roadmap to self-actualization in the form of a Doc Martened foot to the behind and a sweaty, circle-pit-side-armed hug.

Listen to the author's playlist while you read! Access the playlist here: https://sptfy.com/a18b


"With Boyz n the Void, [Asim] uses the virtues that have been used against him--his skepticism, shrewdness and liminality--to assert his existence, as a young Black man insisting to be acknowledged in a world that either cannot or refuses to see him." -- The Washington Post

"Like any great mixtape, Asim's compilation is the most personalized of gifts. . . . Written with love, erudition, and the utmost respect, Boyz n the Void is a genuine keepsake." --Paul Beatty, author of The Sellout

"There are just some voices that stop you cold, as resonances of some familiar brilliance but also of something so original, so compelling that you have no choice but to take notice. G'Ra Asim is one of those voices." --Mark Anthony Neal, author of Looking for Leroy: Illegible Black Masculinities

"A spellbinding odyssey and a magnificent debut for an exciting young author and thinker." --Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, cofounder and executive director of the African American Policy Forum

"Full of dopamine hits and heartbreak. You don't want to stop listening, even when it aches. It becomes part of you. These essays are rigorous and tender and funny all at once, charged with humor that doesn't deflect from difficult honesty so much as it takes you deeper into the maze of truth." --Leslie JamisonNew York Times best-selling author of The Empathy Exams

"A critical ethnography of growing up black and punk in the aughts. Asim strikes a balance between total immersion in the scene and the intimacy of a letter sent between brothers. . . . Boyz n the Void is essential reading for black weirdos, punks of all ages, and those invested in impeccably rendered American history." --Cyrée Jarelle Johnson, author of Slingshot

Event address: 
Heavy Anchor
5226 Gravois Ave
Saint Louis, MO 63116
Boyz n the Void: a mixtape to my brother By G'Ra Asim Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807055557
Availability: On Our Shelves (Note - We update this inventory once per day.)
Published: Beacon Press - May 10th, 2022

Boyz n the Void: a mixtape to my brother By G'Ra Asim Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807059487
Availability: Special Order
Published: Beacon Press - May 11th, 2021


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