Rasheed Newson and D. Nolan Jefferson for MY GOVERNMENT MEANS TO KILL ME *In-Person!*

Loyalty is thrilled to welcome Rasheed Newson and D. Nolan Jefferson for a LIVE and IN-PERSON event celebrating My Government Means to Kill Me! Join us at Jackie Lee's at 7 PM on Thursday, August 25th for an author chat, followed by a meet + greet & book signing! 

This is a ticketed event taking place at Jackie Lee's at 116 Kennedy St. NW, Washington DC 20011—grab your tickets using the button below! There are three ticket options: one includes a copy of My Government Means to Kill Me, one includes a copy of My Government Means to Kill Me AND one drink ticket for a specialty themed cocktail or mocktail, and one includes one drink ticket for a specialty themed cocktail or mocktail and admission to the event! Additional copies of the book will be available for sale at the event. Proof of vaccination will be required, as well as a temperature check at the doorPlease email events@loyaltybookstores.com with any questions.


A fierce and riveting queer coming-of-age story following the personal and political awakening of a young gay Black man in 1980s New York City, from the television drama writer and producer of The Chi, Narcos, and Bel-Air

“Full of joy and righteous anger, sex and straight talk, brilliant storytelling and humor, Rasheed Newson’s debut novel has given us the story of Trey, set against the history of 80s queer Black New York, AIDS, and the movements that changed the era. A spectacularly researched Dickensian tale with vibrant characters and dozens of famous cameos, it is precisely the book we’ve needed for a long time. That—and a rollicking read! What more could you want?” —Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Less

Born into a wealthy Black Indianapolis family, Earl “Trey” Singleton III leaves his overbearing parents and their expectations behind by running away to New York City with only a few dollars in his pocket. In the city, Trey meets up with a cast of characters that changes his life forever. He volunteers at a renegade home hospice for AIDS patients, and after being put to the test by gay rights activists, becomes a member of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP). Along the way Trey attempts to navigate past traumas and searches for ways to maintain familial relationships—all while seeking the meaning of life amid so much death.

Vibrant, humorous, and fraught with entanglements, Rasheed Newson’s My Government Means to Kill Me is an exhilarating, fast-paced coming-of-age story that lends itself to a larger discussion about what it means for a young gay Black man in the mid-1980s to come to terms with his role in the midst of a political and social reckoning.


Rasheed Newson is a writer and producer of Bel-Air, The Chi, and Narcos. He currently resides in Pasadena, California with his husband and two children. My Government Means to Kill Me is his debut novel.


D. Nolan Jefferson is an academic librarian and writer based in Washington, D.C. His prose appears in Tahoma Literary Review, Orca Literary, SFWP Quarterly, Hobart Pulp, TriQuarterly, The Adroit Journal, the anthology Fat and Queer, and other literary journals. He is an AWP Intro Journal Project Award winner, a Kimblio Fiction fellow, and a Lambda Literary fellow, holding degrees from San Diego State University, Art Center College of Design, and Louisiana State University. He enjoys tacos, collecting records, and fellow introverts. He tweets @geekandahalf.

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

Event date: 
Thursday, August 25, 2022 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Jackie Lee's
116 Kennedy St. NW
Washington, DC 20011
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Published: Flatiron Books - August 23rd, 2022

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