Nikki Giovanni and Bryan Stevenson for MAKE ME RAIN

Loyalty is honored to be an indie bookstore partner for a very special evening with Nikki Giovanni in conversation with Bryan Stevenson for Make Me Rain. William Morrow will be hosting this virtual conversation between Nikki Giovanni and Bryan Stevenson via Crowdcast, and anyone who purchases a copy of Make Me Rain below by 10/28 will automatically be registered for the event. You will receive an email from William Morrow and Crowdcast with the login info. Please email events@loyaltybookstores.com with any questions. This will undoubtedly be a timely and memorable conversation!

ABOUT THE BOOK

One of America’s most celebrated poets challenges us with this powerful and deeply personal collection of verse that speaks to the injustices of society while illuminating the depths of her own heart. For more than thirty years, Nikki Giovanni’s poetry has inspired, enlightened, and dazzled readers. As sharp and outspoken as ever, this artist long hailed as a healer and a sage returns with this profound book of poetry in which she continues to call attention to injustice and give readers an unfiltered look into the most private parts of herself.

In Make Me Rain, she celebrates her loved ones and unapologetically declares her pride in her black heritage, while exploring the enduring impact of the twin sins of racism and white nationalism. Giovanni reaffirms her place as a uniquely vibrant and relevant American voice with poems such as “I Come from Athletes” and “Rainy Days”—calling out segregation and Donald Trump; as well as “Unloved (for Aunt Cleota)” and “”When I Could No Longer”—her personal elegy for the relatives who saved her from an abusive home life. 

Stirring, provocative, and resonant, the poems in Make Me Rain pierce the heart and nourish the soul. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nikki Giovanni, poet, activist, mother, and professor, is a seven-time NAACP Image Award winner and the first recipient of the Rosa Parks Woman of Courage Award, and holds the Langston Hughes Medal for Outstanding Poetry, among many other honors. The author of twenty-eight books and a Grammy nominee for The Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection, she is the University Distinguished Professor of English at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.

ABOUT THE IN CONVERSATION PARTNER

Bryan Stevenson is the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, and a professor of law at New York University Law School. He has won relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, argued five times before the Supreme Court, and won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color. He has received numerous awards, including the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant.

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

Event date: 
Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 7:30pm
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ISBN: 9780062995285
Availability: Not In Store - Available to Special Order
Published: William Morrow - October 20th, 2020

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