Groundbreaking musician, actor, fashion icon, and futurist Janelle Monáe was joined by literary collaborators Danny Lore and Sheree Renée Thomas for a conversation moderated by ALOK to celebrate the launch of “The Memory Librarian” at BAM’s Howard Gilman Opera House. A sexy, soulful, and dissident collection of short fiction, “The Memory Librarian” brings to the page the rebellious and Afrofuturistic world of Monáe’s critically acclaimed album “Dirty Computer.” The stories in “The Memory Librarian” explore the lives of those living in an increasingly surveillance-hungry, totalitarian order, striving to see and hold onto their “dirtiness” without being tracked down and cleaned. Filled with the artistic innovation and brave themes for which Monáe is known, this anthology sees current battles about gender identity, political violence, and sexuality as matters of space, time, love, and the power of memory. “Janelle Monáe in Conversation” was presented by BAM, Greenlight Bookstore, and The Lit. Bar as part of the Unbound literary series.

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