TELL ME YOUR NAMES AND I WILL TESTIFY event at Next Chapter Booksellers with Carolyn Holbrook

Carolyn Holbrook will be at Next Chapter Booksellers on Wednesday, August 26 for a reading and signing of her new book, TELL ME YOUR NAMES AND I WILL TESTIFY.
When Aug 26, 2020
from 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Next Chapter Booksellers, 38 Snelling Ave. S, St. Paul, MN 55105
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The compassionate and redemptive story of a prominent Black woman in the Twin Cities literary community
 Carolyn Holbrook will be at Next Chapter Booksellers on Wednesday, August 26 at 7:00 p.m. for a reading and signing of her new book, Tell Me Your Names and I Will Testify: Essays. She will be joined by Mary Moore Easter, author of The Body of the World and Diane Wilson, author of Spirit Car.

Once a pregnant sixteen-year-old incarcerated in the Minnesota juvenile justice system, now a celebrated writer, arts activist, and teacher, Carolyn Holbrook has heeded the call to tell the story of her life. In a memoir woven of moments of reckoning, she summons stories born of silence, stories held inside, untold stories stifled by pain or prejudice or ignorance. 

"Carolyn Holbrook’s remarkable book testifies to the power of the arts to heal her own life traumas, both historical and more recent. We see and hear her learn to speak up, and to claim space, in a world designed to keep silent or remove people like her." —Resmaa Menakem, author of My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies

"Carolyn Holbrook is steadfast in her work to break free of constrictions that harm one’s spirit, knowing them to be racially, economically, and culturally imposed. Honest and perceptive stories of her experiences illuminate how her basic acts to create, over and over again, make for a life whose purpose and meaning resonate with her readers." —Cindy Gehrig, retired president, Jerome Foundation

"Tell Me Your Names and I Will Testify is a powerful portrait of a life fueled by hope and faith in art and the artfulness of self, others, and community. You will shiver, laugh, cry, cheer, stomp, want to sing, and, perhaps most indelibly of all, by the grace of this bold book and its author’s beautiful invocation, you too will feel inspired and empowered to write what lives deepest within you back into its vibrant fullness."—Ed Bok Lee, author of Mitochondrial Night