University of Minnesota Press Presents: BrownMark's My Life in the Purple Kingdom
Monday September 28 | 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Join the University of Minnesota Press for a virtual book launch for BrownMark's new memoir, My Life in the Purple Kingdom, at 6:00 PM CT on Monday, September 28, 2020. The event will feature a moderated Q&A with the author led by Touré.
In the summer of 1981, Mark Brown was a teenager working at a 7-11 store when he wasn’t rehearsing with his high school band, Phantasy. Come fall, Brown, now called BrownMark, was onstage with Prince at the Los Angeles Coliseum, opening for the Rolling Stones in front of 90,000 people. My Life in the Purple Kingdom is BrownMark’s memoir of coming of age in the musical orbit of one of the most visionary artists of his generation. Raw, wry, real, this book takes us from his musical awakening as a boy in Minneapolis to the cold call from Prince at nineteen, from touring the world with The Revolution and performing in Purple Rain to inking his own contract with Motown.
BrownMark’s story is that of a hometown kid, living for sunny days when his transistor would pick up KUXL, a solar-powered, shut-down-at-sundown station that was the only one that played R&B music in Minneapolis in 1968. But once he took up the bass guitar—and never looked back—he entered a whole new realm, and, literally at the right hand of Twin Cities musical royalty, he joined the funk revolution that integrated the Minneapolis music scene and catapulted him onto the international stage. BrownMark describes how his funky stylings earned him a reputation (leading to Prince’s call) and how he and Prince first played together at that night’s sudden audition—and never really stopped. He takes us behind the scenes as few can, into the confusing emotional and professional life among the denizens of Paisley Park, and offers a rare, intimate look into music at the heady heights that his childhood self could never have imagined.
An inspiring memoir of making it against stacked odds, experiencing extreme highs and lows of success and pain, and breaking racial barriers, My Life in the Purple Kingdom is also the story of a young man learning his craft and honing his skill like any musician, but in a world like no other and in a way that only BrownMark could tell it.
BrownMark (Mark Brown) is an American musician, bassist, and record producer born in Minneapolis. His early fame came in 1981 when he joined The Revolution, Prince’s original touring (and later, recording) band.
Virtual One Shot Comics with author Archie Bongiovanni
Thursday October 01 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Join us for a virtual discussion with local comics creator Archie Bongiovanni! We'll be discussing their books GREASEBATS and A QUICK & EASY GUIDE TO THEY/THEM PRONOUNS (by Archie Bongiovanni and Tristan Jimerson), looking at art, talking about process, and generally having a great time. Thanks for supporting local comics and your local independent bookstore!
GREASEBATS by Archie Bongiovanni
So, no one told you life was gonna be this gay! Grease Bats stars Andy, a trans genderqueer individual who is both tough and loving, and their BFF Scout, an all-feelings-all-the-time mistake-maker.
Andy and Scout are best buds, roommates, and gay disasters. Along with their friends and plenty of beer, they’re just trying to make it through their 20s, survive late capitalism, and navigate the dating world. Tough and loving Andy is a genderqueer trans individual, who dates like there’s no tomorrow, while Scout, an all-feelings-all-the-time mistake-maker, is still languishing over her ex-girlfriend…from like two years ago.
Created by Archie Bongiovanni and originally published on Autostraddle, this edition collects all the best misadventures, internet dates, and bad decisions in one place!
A QUICK & EASY GUIDE TO THEY/THEM PRONOUNS
by Archie Bongiovanni and Tristan Jimerson
A quick, easy and important educational comic guide to using gender-neutral pronouns.
Archie, a snarky genderqueer artist, is tired of people not understanding gender neutral pronouns. Tristan, a cisgender dude, is looking for an easy way to introduce gender neutral pronouns to his increasingly diverse workplace. The longtime best friends team up in this short and fun comic guide that explains what pronouns are, why they matter, and how to use them. They also include what to do if you make a mistake, and some tips-and-tricks for those who identify outside of the binary to keep themselves safe in this binary-centric world. A quick and easy resource for people who use they/them pronouns, and people who want to learn more!
2018 Chicago Public Library Best Books of the Year - Teen Nonfiction
Publishers Weekly Favorite Reads of 2018
Autostraddle 20 Best LGBTQ Graphic Novels of 2018
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Read Vote Win Fundraiser with Louise Erdrich & Ann Patchett
Sunday October 04 | 5:00PM - 6:00PM
Read Vote Win: a fundraiser to protect the vote & preserve our democracy by supporting Movement Voter Project in their efforts to boost voter turnout in battleground states.
Spend an intimate hour with renowned authors Ann Patchett and Louise Erdrich in conversation on living this moment as writers and citizens and what we can do together to make sure our Democracy survives. In addition to being friends, Louise and Ann both own independent bookstores that are neighborhood hubs for their cities, Minneapolis and Nashville. They will share their secret lists of compelling books as they clear a little space for general matters of joy!
They will be joined by Laura Flynn of Movement Voter Project (MVP). MVP supports grassroots organizers who build power and are turning out to defend the vote in states where it is under outright attack this election.
Pre-register here & tune in to the Zoom conversation October 4th @ 5pm CDT: http://bit.ly/readvotewin
To learn more about MVP visit https://movement.vote/ . Invite your friends, family and your book group. Let’s make sure we have NO REGRETS in November.
The Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota hosts Perspectives: Writers on Migration with Jia Lynn Yang
Thursday October 08 | 7:30PM - 8:30PM
The Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota is thrilled to kick of a new event series. Perspectives: Writers on Migration will feature a conversation with an author of a recent book three to four times per year. ILCM plans to host authors of nonfiction, fiction, graphic novels, children’s books, and more to attract a diverse array of audiences to learn about the experience of migration, leaving one’s home, and creating a new one. Initially, the conversations will occur online, and ILCM looks forward to the day when these conversations can occur in person.
The first installment of Perspectives will be held on Zoom on October 8 at 7:30 pm CST and will feature Jia Lynn Yang, Deputy National Editor of the New York Times and author of One Mighty and Irresistible Tide: The Epic Struggle Over American Immigration, 1924-1965. The New York Journal of Books recommends that everyone read Yang’s book “to gain a better understanding of what it means to be an immigrant pursuing the American Dream.”
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Virtual Queer Book Club: October
Wednesday October 14 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Join us for a virtual Queer Book Club meetup on Wednesday, October 14 at 7 pm as we discuss Hoodwitch: Poems by Faylita Hicks.
This riveting debut from poet Faylita Hicks is a reclamation of power for black women and nonbinary people whose bodies have become the very weapons used against them. HoodWitch tells the story of a young person who discovers that they are “something that can & will survive / a whole century of hunt.” Through a series of poems based on childhood photographs, Hicks invokes the spirits of mothers and daughters, sex workers and widows, to conjure an alternative to their own early deaths and the deaths of those whom they have already lost.
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86142384235
Virtual Cinema Book Club: Orlando
Sunday November 01 | 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Join us for Virtual Cinema Book Club on Sunday, November 1 at 4 pm for a discussion of Virginia Woolf's Orlando and the 1992 film by the same name.
More details to come!
Find us on Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82743242919
Virtual One Shot Comics with author Blue Delliquanti
Thursday November 05 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Join us for a virtual discussion with local comics creator Blue Delliquanti! We'll be discussing her book MEAL (co-authored with Soleil Ho), looking at art, talking about process, and since this is a virtual meeting, no there will be no bug snacks served. Books are available online from Moon Palace with options to ship or pick up! Thanks for supporting local comics and your local independent bookstore!
ABOUT THE BOOK (from the publisher):
"You moved cross-country to work at a bug restaurant. There's no way I'm gonna miss what happens next."
Yarrow is a young chef determined to make her mark on the cutting edge of cookery with her insect-based creations. Though her enthusiasm is infectious, it rubs some of her fellow cooks the wrong way, especially Chanda Flores, Yarrow's personal hero and executive chef of an exciting new restaurant. Her people have been eating bugs for centuries, and she's deeply suspicious of this newbie's attempt to turn her traditions into the next foodie trend. While Chanda and her scrappy team of talented devotees struggle to open on time, Yarrow must win over Chanda -- and Milani, the neighbor she's been crushing on for weeks -- or lose this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to achieve her dreams.
Co-written with chef and food writer Soleil Ho (Edible Manhattan, Bitch), Blue Delliquanti's sweet coming-of-age story takes us deep into a world of art, mystery, and memory on the culinary frontier.
“This is a complex, well-told story with interesting, distinct, and diverse characters and a compelling plot complemented by the artwork.” ― VIRGINIA LIBRARY ASSOCIATION
Join us on zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82914604570