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Dessa launches My Own Devices

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Magers & Quinn Booksellers

3038 Hennepin Avenue

Minneapolis, MN 55408

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Join us for a launch event for Dessa's debut memoir, My Own Devices. Doors will open at 6pm; the reading will begin at 7pm. A signing will follow, starting at 8pm.

Please bring a copy of your ticket to the reading. Either printed or onscreen are acceptable.

    • Tickets include one copy of My Own Devices, sales tax, and a service fee.

    • All ticket holders will be given a book ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT.

    • Ticket admits one.

    • Tickets are general admission for limited seating and standing room. Seating is first-come, first-served; standing room will be available after seating has been occupied.

    • Doors will open at 6pm.

    • Dessa will be available to sign copies after the reading.

In her literary debut memoir, rapper and singer Dessa gives a candid account of her life in the van as a hard-touring musician, her determination to beat long odds to make a name for herself, and her struggle to fall out of love with someone in her band. Raw and intimate, Dessa demonstrates just how far the mind can travel while the body is on the six-hour ride to the next rap show.

Dessa defies category–she is an academic with an international rap career; a lyrical writer fascinated by behavioral science; and a funny, charismatic performer dogged by blue moods and a perseverant case of heartache. In “The Fool That Bets Against Me,” Dessa wonders if the romantic anguish that’s helped her write so many sad songs might be an insurable professional asset. To find out, she applies to Geico for coverage. “A Ringing in the Ears” tells the story of her father building an airplane in their backyard garage–a task that took him almost seven years. The essay titled “Congratulations” reflects on recording a song for The Hamilton Mixtape in a Minneapolis basement, straining for a high note and hoping for a break. The last piece in the collection, “Call off Your Ghost,” relays the fascinating project Dessa undertook with a team of neuroscientists that employed fMRI technology and neurofeedback to try to clinically excise her romantic feelings for an old flame.

Her onstage and backstage stories are offset by her varied fascinations–she studies sign language, algebra, neuroanatomy–and this collection is a prism of her intellectual life. Her writing is infused with fascinating bits of science and sociology, philosophical insights, and an abiding tenderness for the people she tours with and the people she leaves behind to do it.

Dessa finds unconventional approaches to all of her subjects–braiding her lived experience with academic research and a poet’s tone and timing. In the vein of thinkers who defy categorization, we get the debut of a deft, likable, and unusual voice.


Dessa is a rapper, singer, and essayist who earns her living on the road. She’s performed around the world at opera houses, rock clubs, and sometimes standing on barroom tables. Her imaginative writing and ferocious stage presence have been praised by NPR, Forbes, Billboard, the Chicago Tribune, and the LA Times. As a musician, she’s landed on the Billboard Top 200 as a solo artist; a member of the Doomtree collective; and as a contributor to The Hamilton Mixtape. She’s been published by the New York Times Magazine, MPR, the Star Tribune, Minnesota Monthly, literary journals across the country, and has written two short collections of poetry and essays. She splits her time between Manhattan, Minneapolis, and a tour van cruising at six miles per hour above the posted limit.

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Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

This is a 21+ event.


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Magers & Quinn is located in Uptown, Minneapolis on Hennepin Avenue- south of Lake St. and north of W 31st St. Street parking is available (metered and free) around the store, as well as fee parking at the Calhoun Square ramp, east of Calhoun Square. We are on multiple bus routes (the 6, 23, 114 and 115 stop directly outside the store) and blocks from the Greenway.

Hennepin Avenue is currently being revitalized; we suggest taking Lyndale instead, then heading west. There is generally some street parking in the areas west of Hennepin, as well as the aforementioned Calhoun Square ramp.


If I can't make it, can Dessa still sign my book?

We are not able to pre-arrange to have books signed/inscribed by Dessa for those unable to attend the event. Signed books may be available for sale following the day of the event. Check with us starting on 9/25.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email events@magersandquinn.com with questions.

What's the refund policy?

Tickets are refundable until 7 days prior to event date (9/17). Books provided with a ticket must be picked up in person on the evening of the event.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Either printed or onscreen are acceptable.


Is it okay if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

The name on your ticket must match the person attending.

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Minneapolis, MN 55408

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