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What Was, What Is, and What Will Be: A Cross-Genre Look at Afrofuturism


What Was, What Is, and What Will Be: A Cross-Genre Look at Afrofuturism

Author/playwright Tananarive Due, novelist N.K. Jemisin, and poet Airea D. Matthews will discuss the origins and extensions of Afrofuturism in a conversation moderated by Sheree Renée Thomas. Book sales and signing to follow. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress Center for the Book. Presented in partnership with Folger Poetry and PEN/Faulkner Foundation.

Tickets are recommended for entry to this event. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Entry is not guaranteed. Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of house management.

Please request ADA accommodations at least five business days in advance by contacting (202) 707-6362 or YWRhIHwgbG9jICEgZ292.

This event will be recorded for future presentation as a webcast on the Library of Congress website.


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Yes, tickets are required for entry to this event. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. 


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Please email cG9ldHJ5IHwgbG9jICEgZ292 or call (202) 707-5394.

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