A conversation between Billy-Ray Belcourt and Hanif Abdurraqib
May 11, 2020
Enjoy a virtual event with Billy-Ray Belcourt and Hanif Abdurraqib in conversation, with an introduction from Two Dollar Radio editorial director and publisher Eric Obenauf, and moderator Andrea Tritschler of Moon Palace Books!
Billy-Ray Belcourt (he/him) is from the Driftpile Cree Nation. He is Canada’s first First Nations Rhodes Scholar. He is the author of the poetry collections NDN Coping Mechanisms (House of Anansi Press, 2019) and This Wound Is a World (Frontenac House, 2018), which was awarded the 2018 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize, the 2018 Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize, and a 2018 Indigenous Voices Award. In 2018, Belcourt was named by CBC Books as one of "14 Canadian poets to watch," one of "18 emerging writers to watch," a "Writer to know," and one of "ten young Canadians to watch" by the CBC. A History of My Brief Body (Two Dollar Radio, 2020) marks his non-fiction debut.
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Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. He is the author of the acclaimed essay collection They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us (Two Dollar Radio, 2017). His poetry has been published in Muzzle, Vinyl, PEN American, and various other journals. His essays and music criticism has been published in The FADER, Pitchfork, The New York Times, and MTV News. He is the author of two full-length poetry collections, The Crown Ain't Worth Much (Button Poetry, 2016), and A Fortune for Your Disaster (Tin House Books, 2019). His most recent book, a New York Times bestseller, is Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to a Tribe Called Quest (University of Texas Press, 2019).
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Moon Palace Books, Minneapolis, MN
Moon Palace Books is not only a family-run indie bookstore, but also a pizza-focused cafe and inclusive music venue with a full bar! Married co-owners Angela and Jamie Schwesnedl run Moon Palace Books along with singer-songwriter Nona Marie Invie, who handles music booking duties.
We are thrilled to partner with Moon Palace Books to offer signed pre-order copies of A History of My Brief Body by Billy-Ray Belcourt (July 2020). Check out what Heidi Birchler, a bookseller at Moon Palace Books, has to say about A History of My Brief Body:
"Billy-Ray Belcourt exposes colonialism's historical and ongoing brutality against both the North American Indigenous and queer experiences. Through theory, memoir, and poetry, Belcourt notates an 'archive of injuries' to then shape joy beyond known parameters. These essays are a glorious way to be held accountable. Bill-Ray Belcourt writes for his body, his being; read for yours."
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