Avid Bookshop presents Darnell Moore in conversation with Rashaun Ellis for his memoir No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America. This reading and signing event will take place on Thursday, June 21, from 6-7pm at our Prince Ave. location. The event is free and open to the public, and we encourage you to purchase a copy of the featured book and get it signed by the author!
ABOUT THE BOOK:
When Darnell Moore was fourteen, three boys from his neighborhood tried to set him on fire. They cornered him while he was walking home from school, harassed him because they thought he was gay, and poured a jug of gasoline on him. He escaped, but just barely. It wasn't the last time he would face death.
Three decades later, Moore is an award-winning writer, a leading Black Lives Matter activist, and an advocate for justice and liberation. In No Ashes in the Fire, he shares the journey taken by that scared, bullied teenager who not only survived but found his calling. Moore's transcendence over the myriad forces of repression that faced him is a testament to the grace and care of the people who loved him, and to his hometown, Camden, NJ, scarred and ignored but brimming with life. Moore reminds us that liberation is possible if we commit ourselves to fighting for it, and if we dream and create futures where those who survive on society's edges can thrive.
No Ashes in the Fire is a story of beauty and hope, an honest reckoning with family, with place, and with what it means to be free.
ABOUT THE WRITERS:
Darnell L. Moore is an editor-at-large at Cassius (Urban One), a columnist at LogoTV.com and NewNextNow.com, and a contributor at MIC, where he hosted their widely viewed digital series "The Movement". He writes regularly for Ebony, Advocate, VICE, and Guardian. Moore was one of the original Black Lives Matter organizers, organizing bus trips from New York to Ferguson after the murder of Michael Brown. Moore is a writer-in-residence at the Center of African American Religion, Sexual Politics, and Social Justice at Columbia University, has taught at NYU, Rutgers, Fordham, and Vassar, and was trained at Princeton Theological Seminary. In 2016, he was named one of The Root 100, and in 2015 he was named one of Ebony magazine's Power 100 and Planned Parenthood's 99 Dream Keepers. He divides his time between Brooklyn and Atlanta.
Rashaun Ellis is a writer and raconteur who was born in Mississippi and moved to Athens in 2010 from Washington DC. She earned her BA in journalism in 2006, a degree only worth the paper it was printed on until she began freelancing for Flagpole Magazine in 2012. She covers Athens-area news and events for our local alt-weekly and has delved into food writing with a contribution to Crop Stories, a quarterly farm zine with recipes and journalism. In 2016 she independently developed and facilitated an implicit bias and white allyship workshop, and she has the grey hairs to prove it. She enjoys Star Trek and Marvel comics, and she hopes to be reincarnated as Ina Garten (or any equivalent rich white woman living in Easthampton) in her next life.