Tuesday, October 5th, 7pm CST
St. Louis County Library, HEC Media, and Left Bank Books present Jackie Kay, "Bessie Smith: A Poet’s Biography of a Blues Legend."
In conversation with Gerald Early, Washington University - Chair of African and African American Studies.
Scotland’s National Poet, Jackie Kay blends poetry and prose to create a unique biography of the Empress of the Blues. Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1854, Bessie Smith sang on street corners before becoming a big name in traveling shows. Her first recording with Columbia Records sold 780,000 copies and catapulted her to fame. Known for tough persona and her ability to enrapture audiences with her raw voice, the Empress of the Blues remains a force and an enigma. Kay creates an enthralling account of an extraordinary life and captures the soul of the woman she first identified with as a young Black girl growing up in Glasgow.
Books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up, in-store pick-up, and shipping available.
Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - 7:00pm
Availability: On Our Shelves (Note - We update this inventory once per day.)
Published: Vintage - September 28th, 2021