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Timbuktu's U.S book tour

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Category: Education
Start date: 04 Mar 2020 03:30 PM
End date: 17 Apr 2020 09:00 PM
Country: USA
Homepage: www.nordstjernan.com/calendar

Swedish artist and author Jason "Timbuktu" Diakité is on tour, this time with his book, A Drop of Midnight.

Born to interracial American parents in Sweden, Jason Diakité grew up between worlds - part Swedish, American, black, white, Cherokee, Slovak and German, riding a delicate cultural and racial divide. It was a no-mans-land that left him in constant search of self. Even after his hip-hop career took off, Jason fought to unify a complex system of family roots that branched across continents, ethnicities, classes, colors, and eras to find a sense of belonging.
In A Drop of Midnight, Jason draws on conversations with his parents, personal experiences, long-lost letters, and pilgrimages to South Carolina and New York to paint a vivid picture of race, discrimination, family and ambition. His ancestors' origins as slaves in the antebellum South, his parents' struggles as an interracial couple, and his own world-expanding connection to hip-hop helped him fashion a strong black identity in Sweden.
What unfolds in Jason's remarkable voyage of discovery is a complex and unflinching look at not only his own history but also that of generations affected by the trauma of the African diaspora, then and now. Most events will include a reading from his book and Q&A time.

MAR 4: San Francisco - 3:30-5 PM: 223 Moses Hall, UC Berkeley, www.eventbrite.com/e/a-drop-of-midnight-a-memoir-a-book-talk-with-jason-timbuktu-diakite

MAR 5: Seattle - 7-8:30 PM: Nordic National Museum, 206.789.5707 / www.nordicmuseum.org

MAR 11: Chicago - 6-9 PM: Swedish American Museum, 773.728.8111 / www.swedishamericanmuseum.org

MAR 12: New York - 6 PM: Barnard College, www.barnard.edu

APR 17: Minneapolis - 7 PM: American Swedish Institute, 612.871.4907 / www.asimn.org