Julian Randall in conversation with Derrick Harriell for The Dead Don't Need Reminding

This brilliant, adult nonfiction debut from the acclaimed MG author and poet weaves two personal narratives of recovery and reclamation, spliced with a dazzle of pop-culture.

 

Please join us in welcoming acclaimed author and poet Julian Randall for his new book The Dead Don't Need Reminding, Wednesday, May 8th at 5:30 PM at Off Square Books. Randall will be in conversation with Derrick Harriell, local poet, UM's director of the Master of Fine Arts-Creative Writing Program and assistant professor of English and African American Studies.

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About the Book

The Dead Don’t Need Reminding is a braided story of Julian Randall’s return from the cliff edge of a harrowing depression and his determination to retrace the hustle of a white-passing grandfather to the Mississippi town from which he was driven amid threats of tar and feather.
 
Alternatively wry, lyrical, and heartfelt, Randall transforms pop culture moments into deeply personal explorations of grief, family, and the American way. He envisions his fight to stay alive through a striking medley of media ranging from Into the Spiderverse and Jordan Peele movies to BoJack Horseman and the music of Odd Future. Pulsing with life, sharp, and wickedly funny, The Dead Don’t Need Reminding is Randall’s journey to get his ghost story back.

About the Author

Julian Randall is a contributor to the #1 New York Times bestseller Black Boy Joy and his middle-grade novel, Pilar Ramirez and the Escape From Zafa, was published by Holt in 2022. He has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Tin House, and Milkweed Editions. He is the winner of the 2019 Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award from the Publishing Triangle, the 2019 Frederick Bock Prize, and a Pushcart prize. His poetry has been published in The New York Times MagazinePloughshares, and POETRY. His first book, Refuse, won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize and was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award. He lives in Chicago.

About the Conversation Partner

Derrick Harriell is the director of the Master of Fine Arts-Creative Writing Program and assistant professor of English and African American Studies at UM. He holds a Ph.D. in English, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (2012) and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Chicago State University. He's worked as assistant poetry editor for Third World Press and The Cream City Review and has taught community writing workshops for individuals of all ages, including senior citizens. A two-time Pushcart Nominee, Harriell's poems have appeared in various literary journals and anthologies. Cotton (Aquarius Press-Willow Books 2010) is his first collection of poems. He is the author of three collections of poetry & was the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters 2014 Poetry Award Winner. His essays and book reviews have been published widely.

Praise for The Dead Don't Need Reminding...

The Dead Don't Need Reminding is the—and I mean thee—freshest example of why them folks didn't want us reading, writing, queering, and questioning. I don’t need a decade to know Randall has made a forever classic. And we, the Dead, so needed it.” —Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy

"As Randall wrestles with the battles of past ghosts and sometimes difficult family histories, we witness an indefatigable mind tackle pop culture with a feverish delight and a wry charm. What emerges is an impressive body of essays— chock full of humor and grit, clear-eyed, and utterly absorbing." —Aimee Nezhukumatathil, author of World of Wonders

"The Dead Don't Need Reminding is a generous journey through Julian Randall's expansive mind, weaving together tightly knit threads of place, popular culture, and identity that all strike equally vibrant notes. Not only stunningly written, this book is also, plainly, an absolute pleasure to read." —Hanif Abdurraqib, author of There’s Always This Year and A Little Devil in America

Books: 
The Dead Don't Need Reminding: In Search of Fugitives, Mississippi, and Black TV Nerd Shit By Julian Randall Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781645030263
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bold Type Books - May 7th, 2024

This brilliant, adult nonfiction debut from the acclaimed MG author and poet weaves two personal narratives of recovery and reclamation, spliced with a dazzle of pop-culture

The Dead Don’t Need Reminding is a braided story of Julian Randall’s return from the cliff edge of a harrowing depression and his determination to retrace the hustle of a white-passing gran


Event date: 
Wednesday, May 8, 2024 - 5:30pm
Off Square Books
129 Courthouse Square
Oxford, MS 38655
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