Avid Bookshop presents the twitter-famous Morgan Jerkins in conversation with writer and journalist Rashaun Ellis for Jerkins' book of essays, This Will Be My Undoing. This event is free and open to the public, and will be hosted at our Prince Ave. location on February 8, from 6:00 to 7:00pm. We encourage you to purchase a copy of This Will Be My Undoing to have it signed at the event!
ABOUT THE BOOK:
From one of the fiercest critics writing today, Morgan Jerkins’ highly-anticipated collection of linked essays interweaves her incisive commentary on pop culture, feminism, black history, misogyny, and racism with her own experiences to confront the very real challenges of being a black woman today—perfect for fans of Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist, Rebecca Solnit’s Men Explain Things to Me, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s We Should All Be Feminists.
Morgan Jerkins is only in her twenties, but she has already established herself as an insightful, brutally honest writer who isn’t afraid of tackling tough, controversial subjects. In This Will Be My Undoing, she takes on perhaps one of the most provocative contemporary topics: What does it mean to “be”—to live as, to exist as—a black woman today? This is a book about black women, but it’s necessary reading for all Americans.
Doubly disenfranchised by race and gender, often deprived of a place within the mostly white mainstream feminist movement, black women are objectified, silenced, and marginalized with devastating consequences, in ways both obvious and subtle, that are rarely acknowledged in our country’s larger discussion about inequality. In This Will Be My Undoing, Jerkins becomes both narrator and subject to expose the social, cultural, and historical story of black female oppression that influences the black community as well as the white, male-dominated world at large.
ABOUT THE WRITERS:
Morgan Jerkins is a NYC-based writer. She graduated from Princeton University with an AB in Comparative Literature, specializing in nineteenth century Russian literature and postwar modern Japanese literature, and has an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. Thanks to her degree and natural affinity for different cultures, she speaks six languages.
Jerkins is a contributing editor at Catapult and a former Book of the Month judge. On her freelance side, her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Elle, Lenny Letter, Rolling Stone, The New Republic, and Buzzfeed, among many others. She runs a TinyLetter called Meraki.
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.