Brian Broome and Kiese Laymon for PUNCH ME UP TO THE GODS

We are super psyched to celebrate the release of Punch Me Up to the Gods with Brian Broome and Kiese Laymon! This event will be held virtually on Crowdcast. Click here to register for the event with a donation of any amount of your choice. Donations will go to Black Lives Matter DC. You can also order the book below to be added to the event's registration list, and there will also be an option to get the book during the event. 

ABOUT THE BOOK

A poetic and raw coming-of-age memoir about Blackness, masculinity, and addiction.

Punch Me Up to the Gods obliterates what we thought were the limitations of not just the American memoir, but the possibilities of the American paragraph. I’m not sure a book has ever had me sobbing, punching the air, dying of laughter, and needing to write as much as Brian Broome’s staggering debut. This sh*t is special.”
—Kiese Laymon, New York Times bestselling author of Heavy

Punch Me Up to the Gods is some of the finest writing I have ever encountered and one of the most electrifying, powerful, simply spectacular memoirs I—or you—have ever read. And you will read it; you must read it. It contains everything we all crave so deeply: truth, soul, brilliance, grace. It is a masterpiece of a memoir and Brian Broome should win the Pulitzer Prize for writing it. I am in absolute awe and you will be, too.”
—Augusten Burroughs, New York Times bestselling author of Running with Scissors

Punch Me Up to the Gods introduces a powerful new talent in Brian Broome, whose early years growing up in Ohio as a dark-skinned Black boy harboring crushes on other boys propel forward this gorgeous, aching, and unforgettable debut. Brian’s recounting of his experiences—in all their cringe-worthy, hilarious, and heartbreaking glory—reveal a perpetual outsider awkwardly squirming to find his way in. Indiscriminate sex and escalating drug use help to soothe his hurt, young psyche, usually to uproarious and devastating effect. A no-nonsense mother and broken father play crucial roles in our misfit’s origin story. But it is Brian’s voice in the retelling that shows the true depth of vulnerability for young Black boys that is often quietly near to bursting at the seams.
 
Cleverly framed around Gwendolyn Brooks’s poem “We Real Cool,” the iconic and loving ode to Black boyhood, Punch Me Up to the Gods is at once playful, poignant, and wholly original. Broome’s writing brims with swagger and sensitivity, bringing an exquisite and fresh voice to ongoing cultural conversations about Blackness in America.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brian Broome, a poet and screenwriter, is K. Leroy Irvis Fellow and instructor in the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh, where he is pursuing an MFA. He has been a finalist in The Moth storytelling competition and won the grand prize in Carnegie Mellon University’s Martin Luther King Writing Awards. He also won a VANN Award from the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation for journalism in 2019. He lives in Pittsburgh.
ABOUT THE IN CONVERSATION PARTNER

Born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, Kiese Laymon, Ottilie Schillig Professor in English and Creative Writing and the University of Mississippi, is the author of the novel Long Division, the memoir Heavy, and the essay collection How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America.

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Event date: 
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 - 8:00pm
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Punch Me Up to the Gods: A Memoir Cover Image
By Brian Broome, Yona Harvey (Introduction by)
$26.00
ISBN: 9780358439103
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - May 18th, 2021

How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America: Essays Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781982170820
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner - November 10th, 2020

Heavy: An American Memoir Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501125669
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner - March 5th, 2019

Long Division: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781982174828
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner - June 1st, 2021