Shayla Lawson | How to Live Free in a Dangerous World: A Decolonial Memoir

Recorded Feb 8, 2024
Direct Download: 20240208-shaylal.mp3

In conversation with Jeannine Cook, owner of Harriett’s Bookshop and Ida’s Books

Shayla Lawson is the author of This Is Major: Notes on Diana Ross, Dark Girls, and Being Dope, a “whip-smart” (People) essay collection about politics, pop culture, politics, and history. Named one of the most anticipated books of 2020 by numerous periodicals, it was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography and a LAMBDA Literary Award. Also the author of two poetry collections, Lawson has contributed writing to Salon, New York magazine, and ESPN, among other places. They have also earned fellowships from Yaddo and MacDowell. In How to Live Free in a Dangerous World, they present a globetrotting essay collection about the need for beauty during tough times, the unexpected wisdom we find when we fall in and out of love, and the transformative power of freedom.

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