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Rest in Beats Presents: Flowers While They Can Smell 'Em

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Housing Works Bookstore Cafe & Bar

126 Crosby Street

New York, NY 10012

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New York Times best-selling author Hanif Abdurraqib returns to the bookstore and is joined by director of Rest in Beats​ Opiyo Okeyo to talk reverence, creative process, and the art of music writing.

Straight off the success of his A Tribe Called Quest biography Go Ahead In The Rain and the hugely popular They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us, Abdurraquib premieres his latest poetry work, A Fortune For Your Disaste​r.

In A Fortune for Your Disaster​​, his much-anticipated follow-up to The Crown Ain’t Worth Much, poet, essayist, biographer, and music critic Hanif Abdurraqib has written a book of poems about how one rebuilds oneself after a heartbreak, the kind that renders them a different version of themselves than the one they knew.

It’s a book about a mother’s death, and admitting that Michael Jordan pushed off, about forgiveness, and how none of the author’s black friends wanted to listen to “Don’t Stop Believin’.” It’s about wrestling with histories, personal and shared.

Abdurraqib uses touchstones from the world outside—from Marvin Gaye to Nikola Tesla to his neighbor’s dogs—to create a mirror, inside of which every angle presents a new possibility.

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