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Book launch: Me and My House: James Baldwin's Last Decade in France

Please join us for an evening in celebration of Magdalena Zaborowska's Me and My House: James Baldwin's Last Decade in France. Zaborowska will appear in conversation with E. Patrick Johnson, editor of No Tea, No Shade: New Writings in Black Queer Studies. A Q&A and book signing will follow the discussion.

About the book:

The last sixteen years of James Baldwin's life (1971–87) unfolded in a village in the South of France, in a sprawling house nicknamed “Chez Baldwin.” In Me and My House Magdalena J. Zaborowska employs Baldwin’s home space as a lens through which to expand his biography and explore the politics and poetics of blackness, queerness, and domesticity in his complex and underappreciated later works. Zaborowska shows how the themes of dwelling and black queer male sexuality in The Welcome Table, Just above My Head, and If Beale Street Could Talk directly stem from Chez Baldwin's influence on the writer. The house was partially torn down in 2014. Accessible, heavily illustrated, and drawing on interviews with Baldwin's friends and lovers, unpublished letters, and manuscripts, Me and My House offers new insights into Baldwin's life, writing, and relationships, making it essential reading for all students, scholars, and fans of Baldwin.

Me and My House: James Baldwin's Last Decade in France Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780822369837
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Duke University Press - April 6th, 2018

No Tea, No Shade: New Writings in Black Queer Studies Cover Image
By E. Patrick Johnson (Editor)
$28.95
ISBN: 9780822362425
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Duke University Press - October 28th, 2016

Event date: 

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Event address: 

Unabridged Books, Inc.
Chicago, IL 60657
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