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Reading & Signing with Darius Bost
Join us for a reading and signing of Darius Bost's book, "Evidence of Being: The Black Gay Cultural Renaissance and the Politics of Violence" - Tuesday, March 12, 6-7:30PM. Pick up your copy in store today or at the event for $27.50.

"Evidence of Being" opens on a grim scene: Washington DCís gay black community in the 1980s, ravaged by AIDS, the crack epidemic, and a series of unsolved murders, seemingly abandoned by the government and mainstream culture. Yet in this darkest of moments, a new vision of community and hope managed to emerge. Darius Bostís account of the media, poetry, and performance of this time and place reveals a stunning confluence of activism and the arts. In Washington and New York during the 1980s and í90s, gay black men banded together, using creative expression as a tool to challenge the widespread views that marked them as unworthy of grief. They created art that enriched and reimagined their lives in the face of pain and neglect, while at the same time forging a path toward bold new modes of existence. At once a corrective to the predominantly white male accounts of the AIDS crisis and an openhearted depiction of the possibilities of black gay life, Evidence of Being above all insists on the primacy of community over loneliness, and hope over despair.

Darius Bost is assistant professor of ethnic studies in the School for Cultural and Social Transformation at the University of Utah.

Tue, March 12
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Philly AIDS Thrift
   710 S 5th St.
  Philadelphia, PA


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