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THE OTHER SHELF. Saeed Jones: How We Fight For Our Lives


Thu Nov 21, 2019
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
60 mins


Toronto Reference Library
Bram & Bluma Appel Salon

Award-winning writer and journalist, Saeed Jones, presents his much talked about memoir, a coming of age story that explores the personal experience of a young Black gay man from the South of the US as he fights to become himself.

"People don't just happen," he writes in his book. "We sacrifice former versions of ourselves. We sacrifice the people who dared to raise us. The 'I' it seems doesn't exist until we are able to say, 'I am no longer yours.'"

Roxane Gay called Jones' book "a rhapsody in the truest form of the will find yourself aching in the way only masterful writing can make a person ache."

Saeed Jones will be in conversation with Tajja Isen, Knight Senior Fellow at the The Walrus, to discuss his memoir How we Fight for Our Lives.

Q&A and book signing to follow. Books available for purchase.


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Arrive early, meet people. The talk starts at 6 pm, but doors open at 5:30 pm. Come early so you can chat with your fellow literature lovers, and make new friends. As with all Appel Salon events, we'll have a cash bar with a selection of beer, wine, and liquor, as well as sandwiches and snacks.

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