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Jacqueline Woodson: Red at the Bone Book Release Concert featuring Toshi Reagon

Joe's Pub

September 17

~90 minutes

$25

Doors at 9PM
Show at 9:30PM

Jacqueline Woodson is one of today’s most beloved and important writers, unparalleled in her contributions to literature for readers of all ages. Over five million copies of her books are in print and translated into 17 languages.  Her more than two dozen children’s books are regularly taught in schools across the country and have received four Newbery Honors, two Coretta Scott King Awards and the Margaret A. Edwards lifetime achievement award for young adult literature. Woodson is a four-time National Book Award finalist and two-time NAACP Image Award winner, and her New York Times-bestselling memoir Brown Girl Dreaming won the National Book Award in 2014.  Soon after, in 2015, the Poetry Foundation named Woodson the Young People’s Poet Laureate, and last year the Library of Congress named her the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. 

Jacqueline Woodson’s RED AT THE BONE (Riverhead; On-Sale: September 17, 2019) is an extraordinary story about a contemporary family and the profound and lasting impact their history has on their lives—haunting them, connecting them, and enriching them. RED AT THE BONEcenters around two families in Brooklyn from different social classes joined together by an unexpected pregnancy and the child that it produces. Moving forward and backward in time, Woodson unfurls the history of each generation to show how they all arrived at this moment and uncovers the role that history, racism and community have played in the experiences, decisions, and relationships of these families.  With her gift for language that reads “more like prose poetry” (New York Times Book Review) and packs the emotional richness of a narrative ten times its length, Woodson explores sexual desire and identity, ambition, gentrification, education, class and status, and the life-altering facts of parenthood.  Most strikingly, RED AT THE BONElooks at the ways in which young people must so often make long-lasting decisions about their lives—even before they have begun to figure out who they are and what they want to be.

Toshi Reagon has been described by Vibe magazine as "one helluva rock'n'roller-coaster ride" and by Pop Matters as "a treasure waiting to be found," Toshi Reagon is a one-woman celebration of all that's dynamic, progressive and uplifting in American music." Toshi is a Singer/Musician/Composer/Producer/Curator. Her music has been feature in film and television and she has collaborated with several dance companies including Urban Bush Woman, Jane Comfort, and LAVA. She is the founder of WORD*ROCK*&SWORD: A Festival Celebration of Women's Lives, an 8 day festival that takes place in NYC every September. She has curated several events in NYC including her GoodFolk series in collaboration with Joe’s Pub and The Schomburg Center for Black Research in Black Culture's Women in Jazz Festival. Toshi has had the pleasure of working with Lenny Kravitz, Lizz Wright, Ani DiFranco, Carl Hancock Rux, Nona Hendryx, Pete Seeger, Chocolate Genius, and many other amazing artists, including her favorite collaborator, her mom, Bernice Johnson Reagon.  

Yaa Asantewaa writes, "Toshi knows the power of song to focus, unite and mobilize people. If you've been lucky enough to be in Toshi's presence, you know you can't walk away from her without feeling better about yourself as a human being. She aims for nothing less." Toshi has been the recipient of a NYFA award for Music Composition, The Black Lily Music and Film Festival Award for Outstanding Performance. She is a National Women's History Month Honoree, and is the 2010 recipient of OutMusic's Heritage Award.

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