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St. Louis County Library Black History Month Celebration: Author Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Wednesday, January 31 | 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Emerson Auditorium
Knight Hall, St. Louis, MO 63105

"Washington University and the Saint Louis County Library are partnering for a Black History Month event featuring Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, the award-winning author of "Chain Gang All-Stars." Join us for an opportunity to hear about his amazing journey, engage in a discussion about his acclaimed book, and have your copy signed. Don't miss the chance to ask questions and be part of this enriching experience."

A Best Book of the Year: The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, Elle, Esquire, Chicago Tribune, Lit Hub, Kirkus Reviews

“Like Orwell’s 1984 and Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Adjei-Brenyah’s book presents a dystopian vision so…illuminating that it should permanently shift our understanding of who we are and what we’re capable of doing.” —The Washington Post

“This book will change you!…A masterpiece.” —Jenna Bush Hager, The Today Show’s #ReadWithJenna

She felt their eyes, all those executioners…

Loretta Thurwar and Hamara “Hurricane Staxxx” Stacker are the stars of the Chain-Gang All-Stars, the cornerstone of CAPE, or Criminal Action Penal Entertainment, a highly popular, highly controversial profit-raising program in America’s increasingly dominant private prison industry. It’s the return of the gladiators, and prisoners are com­peting for the ultimate prize: their freedom.

In CAPE, prisoners travel as Links in Chain-Gangs, competing in death matches before packed arenas with righteous protestors at the gates. Thur­war and Staxxx, both teammates and lovers, are the fan favorites. And if all goes well, Thurwar will be free in just a few matches, a fact she carries as heavily as her lethal hammer. As she prepares to leave her fellow Links, Thurwar considers how she might help preserve their humanity, in defiance of these so-called games. But CAPE’s corporate own­ers will stop at nothing to protect their status quo, and the obstacles they lay in Thurwar’s path have devastating consequences.

Moving from the Links in the field to the protestors, to the CAPE employees and beyond, Chain-Gang All-Stars is a kaleidoscopic, excoriating look at the American prison system’s unholy alli­ance of systemic racism, unchecked capitalism, and mass incarceration, and a clear-eyed reckoning with what freedom in this country really means from a “new and necessary American voice” (Tommy Orange, The New York Times Book Review).

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"Washington University and the Saint Louis County Library are partnering for a Black History Month event featuring Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, the award-winning author of "Chain Gang All-Stars." Join us for an opportunity to hear about his amazing journey, engage in a discussion about his acclaimed book, and have your copy signed. Don't miss the chance to ask questions and be part of this enriching experience."
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