The 2017 American Book Award winners will be formally recognized on Sunday, October 22nd, from 12:00-2:30 p.m. at the SF Jazz Center, Joe Henderson Lab, 201 Franklin Street (at Fell), San Francisco, CA. This event is open to the public.
“Thelonious Monk at 100: Celebrating the High Priest of Bebop”
Musical revolutionary and cultural iconoclast, Thelonious Monk was one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Join Robin D.G. Kelley, author of Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original, and Justin Desmangles, host of the radio program New Day Jazz, for a centenary celebration discussing the jazz legend. This event is free and open to the public.
Robin D. G. Kelley is Chair of the Department of African American Studies and Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in U.S. History at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Justin Desmangles is Chair of the Before Columbus Foundation, administrator of the American Book Award, and host of the radio program New Day Jazz, now in its 15th year.
Saturday, October 28 at 3 PM – 4:30 PM
San Francisco Public Library – Western Addition Branch
Anne Waldman received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2015 American Book Awards. Waldman will read recent work, including her poem Trance Abyss, written in dialogue with Steir’s newest body of work, to be published in the exhibition catalogue Pat Steir. Waldman will be joined by musicians Janice Lowe, James Brandon Lewis, Ambrose Bye, and Devin Brahja Waldman.