Brontez Purnell @Central Commons

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October 22, 2018 - 6:30pm-7:30pm (ended)

In celebration of National LGBQT History Month, library staff host author Brontez Purnell to discuss his recent book, Since I Laid My Burden Down (2017). Brontez is an artist, musician, dancer, author, and filmmaker.

Since I Laid My Burden Down is his fourth book and first novel.

About Since I Laid My Burden Down:

"DeShawn lives a high, creative, and promiscuous life in San Francisco. But when he’s called back to his cramped Alabama hometown for his uncle’s funeral, he’s hit by flashbacks of handsome, doomed neighbors and sweltering Sunday services. Amidst prickly reminders of his childhood, DeShawn ponders family, church, and the men in his life, prompting the question: Who deserves love? A raw, funny, and uninhibited stumble down memory lane, Brontez Purnell’s debut novel explores how one man’s early sexual and artistic escapades grow into a life." - Feminist Press

"Since I Laid My Burden Down, is truly remarkable – still dirty and witty, still gritty and sly, Brontez’s first novel follows a Brontez-esque young lover back to the Alabama Baptist landscape of his youth, reckoning with love and sex, death and life with a wizened humor, a real maturity that brings depth to his storytelling ability without compromising the wildness that makes him so special. Novelist, zinester, dancer, go-go-boy, punk, filmmaker, actor, performer, Brontez Purnell is everything." -Michelle Tea, Granta

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Berkeley Public Library. Thank you for your generous support!

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