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Julian Randall with Ally Ang

Past, Present, and Prevail

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Thursday, May 16
7:30 pm PDT
$5 – $25 Sliding Scale
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The Wyncote NW Forum
1119 8th Ave (Entrance off Seneca St.)
Seattle, 98101 United States
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Note: Town Hall events are approximately 75 minutes long.

Book cover: A red background with a silhouette of a head from the side. The silhouette wears glasses and has a floral pattern including grey, white, and red flowers. Title on the right says "The Dead Don't Need Reminding: In Search of Fugitives, Mississippi, and Black TV Nerd Shit"
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Headshots of Julian Randall (with brown skin, curly black hair, beard) and Ally Ang (with short blue hair and fair skin)
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Many of us have sought information about our family history, trying to solve those unanswered questions about our predecessors. In the quest for truths about others through examining their lives and lineage, we may also find truths about ourselves in the process.

In his latest release and nonfiction debut, The Dead Don’t Need Reminding: In Search of Fugitives, Mississippi, and Black TV Nerd Shit, New York Times bestselling author Julian Randall braids past with present as he retraces the life of his grandfather, a white-passing patriarch driven from a town in Mississippi, all the way to Randall’s own internal battles with depression and how he ultimately emerged from its depths.

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Randall weaves pop culture into his pages, exploring grief, family, emotional health, and the American way with a medley of media ranging from Into the Spiderverse and Jordan Peele movies to BoJack Horseman and the music of Odd Future.

Seattle writer Ally Ang joins Randall in conversation for an evening of laughter, tears, and everything in-between.

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 Magazine, Ploughshares, 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.

Ally Ang is a gaysian poet and editor based in Seattle, Washington. Their work has been published in Queer Nature: A Poetry AnthologyNepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color, Foglifter, Columbia Journal,and elsewhere. They are a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, a Tin House workshop alum, and a 2022 Jack Straw Writers Program fellow. Ang holds a BA in sociology and Asian American studies from Wellesley College and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Washington. They are currently working on their first full-length poetry collection. When not writing, Ang can be found gazing longingly at bodies of water or doting on their cat, Gomez.

Presented by Town Hall Seattle.

Julian Randall, author of The Dead Don't Need Reminding: College Night - 5/16 at 6:30 PM. In partnership with Modality UW. Food! Art! Tickets to the book talk! And it's all free!

College Night

We’re inviting all college students to join our pre-event mixer for Julian Randall’s book, The Dead Don’t Need Reminding. This memoir intertwines past and present, tracing his grandfather’s journey from Mississippi to his own struggles with depression. It explores themes of grief, family, and emotional health through the lens of pop culture. 

Your RSVP includes refreshments, a ticket to the book talk, and art activities hosted in partnership with Modality UW. And it’s all FREE! 

Learn more and register here.

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