The acclaimed journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates, will be reading from and signing copies of his debut book, The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood, at 1 PM tomorrow (Thursday, September 25, 2008) at the Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus Bookstore, 3330 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21218.
Ta-Nehisi Coates, one of the more nimble-minded American cultural critics and observers writing today, grew up in Baltimore in the 1980s, a hardscrabble and personally fraught adolescence that he recounts in The Beautiful Struggle. But Coates’ memoir isn’t some navel-gazing coming of age discovery; it’s a thoughtfully considered examination of what it’s like to grow up young and black in a midsized, post-industrial American city and a breathtaking portrait of a father who dedicated his life to making sure his urban African-American sons became proud, educated, and responsible black men. Best of all, Coates writes in a gripping, lyrical cadence that proves, yet again, that writing can sing and bounce with the life-giving pulse of hip-hop’s vital beat. Exquisite.
This talk is free and open to the public.