Jesmyn Ward and Jason Reynolds for LET US DESCEND **IN-PERSON**

Loyalty Bookstores is incredibly honored to welcome Jesmyn Ward in conversation with Jason Reynolds to celebrate the release of Let Us Descend, in partnership with the National Women's History Museum! This is an in-person event taking place at Lincoln Theatre, located at 1215 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009. Click here to get tickets! Each ticket comes with a signed copy of the book Let Us Descend. Additional books by Jesmyn Ward and Jason Reynolds will be available for purchase at the event. Face masks are strongly encouraged for all attendees!
 

ABOUT THE BOOK

From Jesmyn Ward—the two-time National Book Award winner, youngest winner of the Library of Congress Prize for Fiction, and MacArthur Fellow—comes a haunting masterpiece, sure to be an instant classic, about an enslaved girl in the years before the Civil War.

“‘Let us descend,’ the poet now began, ‘and enter this blind world.’” —Inferno, Dante Alighieri

Let Us Descend is a reimagining of American slavery, as beautifully rendered as it is heart-wrenching. Searching, harrowing, replete with transcendent love, the novel is a journey from the rice fields of the Carolinas to the slave markets of New Orleans and into the fearsome heart of a Louisiana sugar plantation.

Annis, sold south by the white enslaver who fathered her, is the reader’s guide through this hellscape. As she struggles through the miles-long march, Annis turns inward, seeking comfort from memories of her mother and stories of her African warrior grandmother. Throughout, she opens herself to a world beyond this world, one teeming with spirits: of earth and water, of myth and history; spirits who nurture and give, and those who manipulate and take. While Ward leads readers through the descent, this, her fourth novel, is ultimately a story of rebirth and reclamation.

From one of the most singularly brilliant and beloved writers of her generation, this miracle of a novel inscribes Black American grief and joy into the very land—the rich but unforgiving forests, swamps, and rivers of the American South. Let Us Descend is Jesmyn Ward’s most magnificent novel yet, a masterwork for the ages.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jesmyn Ward received her MFA from the University of Michigan and has received the MacArthur Genius Grant, a Stegner Fellowship, a John and Renee Grisham Writers Residency, the Strauss Living Prize, and the 2022 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction. She is the historic winner—first woman and first Black American—of two National Book Awards for Fiction for Sing, Unburied, Sing (2017) and Salvage the Bones (2011). She is also the author of the novel Where the Line Bleeds and the memoir Men We Reaped, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and won the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize and the Media for a Just Society Award. She is currently a professor of creative writing at Tulane University and lives in Mississippi.

ABOUT THE CONVERSATION PARTNER

Jason Reynolds is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, a Newbery Award Honoree, a Printz Award Honoree, a two-time National Book Award finalist, a Kirkus Award winner, a UK Carnegie Medal winner, a two-time Walter Dean Myers Award winner, an NAACP Image Award Winner, an Odyssey Award Winner and two-time honoree, the recipient of multiple Coretta Scott King honors, and the Margaret A. Edwards Award. He was also the 2020–2022 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. His many books include All American Boys (cowritten with Brendan Kiely); When I Was the GreatestThe Boy in the Black SuitStamped (with Ibram X. Kendi); As Brave as YouFor Every One; the Track series (Ghost, Patina, Sunny, and Lu); Look Both WaysStuntboy, in the MeantimeAin’t Burned All the Bright (recipient of the Caldecott Honor) and My Name Is Jason. Mine Too. (both cowritten with Jason Griffin); Miles Morales: Spider Man; and Long Way Down, which received a Newbery Honor, a Printz Honor, and a Coretta Scott King Honor. He has appeared on The Late Show with Stephen ColbertThe Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Late Night with Seth MeyersCBS This Morning, and Good Morning America. He is on faculty at Lesley University, for the Writing for Young People MFA Program and lives in Washington, DC. You can find his ramblings at JasonWritesBooks.com.

Please note Loyalty has a zero tolerance policy for harassment or intimidation of any kind during this event. 


EVENT GUIDELINES & FAQ:

  • Does each ticket come with a book? Yes! Each book will be signed and each attendee will receive a copy.
  • I need accomodations! No problem! Patrons in need of accessibility accommodations should email  in advance to make arrangements.
  • Where is the Lincoln? The Lincoln Theatre is located at 1215 U Street NW, Washington, DC, across from the 13th St. Metro exit on the U Street Corridor.
  • How do I get there? Metro’s U Street-Cardozo Station (Green/Yellow Line) is located directly across the street from the Theatre. Please use the 13th Street exit .Detailed driving directions can be found on the Lincoln's Directions page. Parking options around Lincoln Theatre are limited. As such, we strongly recommend “going green” and utilizing the city’s various public transportation options.
  • Will the bar be open? Yes! The bars accept VISA, MasterCard, and Discover, and you can now open a tab using the Roam app. The Merchandise counter will accept VISA, MasterCard, and Discover.
  • Will Jesmyn Ward sign my beloved already owned copy of her previous book? Currently Jesmyn Ward will not be signing additional books!
  • I have a three part question about the nature of reality for Jesmyn Ward and Jason Reynolds! This is more of a comment than a question, but there will be a Q&A portion of the event. We'll be soliciting questions from the audience before and during the show so look out for stations to leave the question in writing.
  • What is the bag policy for the Lincoln? Backpacks, purses, and small bags are fine. Bags will be inspected upon entry. No outside food/drink, professional camera equipment, or weapons will be permitted. No luggage, please.
  • My question isn't listed here what do I do? You can find out questions about the venue here. If it is about the event contact Loyalty at 
Event date: 
Wednesday, October 25, 2023 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Lincoln Theatre
1215 U St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Staff Pick Badge
Let Us Descend: A Novel By Jesmyn Ward Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982104498
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Click on the title to see which location!
Published: Scribner - October 24th, 2023

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Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel By Jesmyn Ward Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501126079
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Click on the title to see which location!
Published: Scribner - May 8th, 2018

Where the Line Bleeds: A Novel By Jesmyn Ward Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501164330
Availability: Not In Store - Available to special order for pickup or ship. For even speediest shipping we suggest our Bookshop.org page!
Published: Scribner - January 16th, 2018

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race By Jesmyn Ward Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501126352
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Click on the title to see which location!
Published: Scribner - June 20th, 2017

Men We Reaped: A Memoir By Jesmyn Ward Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781608197651
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Click on the title to see which location!
Published: Bloomsbury USA - September 16th, 2014

Salvage the Bones: A Novel By Jesmyn Ward Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781608196265
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Click on the title to see which location!
Published: Bloomsbury USA - April 24th, 2012

Navigate Your Stars By Jesmyn Ward, Gina Triplett (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jesmyn Ward, Gina Triplett (Illustrator)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781982131326
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Click on the title to see which location!
Published: Scribner - April 7th, 2020

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Ain't Burned All the Bright By Jason Reynolds, Jason Griffin (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jason Reynolds, Jason Griffin (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781534439467
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Click on the title to see which location!
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - January 11th, 2022

Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks By Jason Reynolds, Alexander Nabaum (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jason Reynolds, Alexander Nabaum (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781481438292
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Click on the title to see which location!
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - October 27th, 2020

Long Way Down By Jason Reynolds Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781481438261
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Click on the title to see which location!
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - April 2nd, 2019

Stuntboy, In-Between Time By Jason Reynolds, Raúl the Third (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jason Reynolds, Raúl the Third (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781534418226
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Click on the title to see which location!
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - August 29th, 2023