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Second Tuesday: Robert Jones, Jr. in conversation

Second Tuesday: Robert Jones, Jr. in conversation
Robert Jones, Jr., author of the instant New York Times best-selling novel “The Prophets,” joins us for a special Second Tuesday to discuss his debut novel with acclaimed playwright Donja Love. “The Prophets” is described as a stunning debut novel about the forbidden union between two enslaved young men on a Deep South plantation, the refuge they find in each other, and a betrayal that threatens their existence. Please support The Bureau of General Services—Queer Division bookstore by purchasing the book. ABOUT “THE PROPHETS” Isaiah was Samuel’s and Samuel was Isaiah’s. In the barn they tended to the animals, but also to each other, transforming the shed into a place of human refuge, a source of intimacy and hope in a world ruled by vicious masters. But when an older fellow slave seeks to gain favor by preaching the master’s gospel on the plantation, the enslaved begin to turn on their own. Isaiah and Samuel’s love, which was once so simple, is seen as sinful and a clear danger to the plantation’s harmony. With a lyricism reminiscent of Toni Morrison, Robert Jones, Jr. fiercely summons the voices of slaver and enslaved alike, from Isaiah and Samuel to the calculating slave master to the long line of women that surround them. As tensions build and the weight of centuries culminates in a climactic reckoning, “The Prophets” masterfully reveals the pain and suffering of inheritance, but is also shot through with hope, beauty, and truth, portraying the enormous, heroic power of love.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021 18:30 -
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 23:59

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