Tuesday, August 13, 2013

CODA Author Kambri Crews at Mid-Manhattan Library in NYC

I’m giving a presentation / reading / performance at the NY Public Library on 8/21. Free! ASL interpreted! Click here for the Facebook invite. Or here for the library’s page . Here is the press release. Hope you can make it.


CODA Author Kambri Crews at Mid-Manhattan Library
Author to Give Presentation, Sign Books & Answer Questions About Her Memoir
New York, NY The New York Public Library Mid-Manhattan Branch is pleased to welcome Kambri Crews, author of Burn Down the Ground: A Memoir (Random House) on August 21st at 6:30PM. Crews will read and tell stories from her memoir, take questions from the audience and sign books. The event is free and will be interpreted in American Sign Language.

Kambri is a comedic storyteller and author of the highly acclaimed new memoir Burn Down the Ground. Kambri will chat about her unconventional childhood living with deaf parents in a tin shed in rural Texas (Crews is not deaf), and her attempts to reconcile that harrowing childhood to her present life—one in which her father is serving a twenty-year sentence in a maximum-security prison for attempted murder.

Crews’s memoir has received praise from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, Glamour, ELLE magazine, and Library Journal, whose review states, “While there’s plenty of memoir fodder in the hearing-child-of-two-deaf-parents subject, Crews’s story has heartbreaking depth and complexity. 

With insight into her father’s feelings about deafness, his ├╝ber-Christian family’s response to his violence against the women in his life, and the culture of the deaf community, this is a rich read.”
A renowned storyteller and public speaker, Kambri has performed on The Moth, Risk!, UCB Theatre, Gotham Comedy Club and given speeches at Illinois State University, Rutgers, University of Oregon, DeafHope, and many other schools, colleges, venues and events.  Learn more about her at www.kambricrews.com

Aug 21 @ 6:30PM
NY Public Library - Mid-Manhattan Branch
455 5th Ave.
New York, NY 10016

FREE! Books will be available for purchase for $20. Credit cards or cash accepted.

PRAISE FOR BURN DOWN THE GROUND:
"Poignant and unsettling." —Kirkus Reviews

"A compelling testament to the strength of the human spirit.”—Booklist

"Crews' account (the title refers to lighting brush on fire to clear out snakes) is as well-paced and stirring as a novel. In her fluid narrative (she's also a storyteller on the side, a gig that helped her develop this book), Crews neither wallows in self-pity nor plays for cheap black-comedic yuks. Instead, this book stands out for what matters most: Crews' story, bluntly told." —Elle magazine

“Harrowing…A remarkable odyssey of scorched earth, collateral damage, and survival." —Publishers Weekly

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