Laura Warrell and Glory Edim for SWEET, SOFT, PLENTY RHYTHM *In-Person!*

Join Loyalty Bookstores and DC Public Library for a live, in-person event with Laura Warrell and Glory Edim for the release of Sweet, Soft, Plenty Rhythm! This event will take place at DCPL's MLK Library location. **This event is free to attend, but registration is required—please register on DCPL's website.** You can purchase the book from Loyalty below or borrow a copy from DCPL, and we will have additional copies for sale at the event. Please email  with any questions.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Passion and risk, fathers and daughters, wives and single women, jazz and soul: a "gorgeously written debut" (Celeste Ng, best-selling author of Little Fires Everywhere) about the perennial temptations of dangerous love, told by the women who love Circus Palmer—trumpet player and old-school ladies’ man—as they ultimately discover the power of their own voices.

“A modern masterpiece.” —Jason Reynolds, best-selling author of Look Both Ways

It’s 2013, and Circus Palmer, a forty-year-old Boston-based trumpet player and old-school ladies’ man, lives for his music and refuses to be tied down. Before a gig in Miami, he learns that the woman who is secretly closest to his heart, the free-spirited drummer Maggie, is pregnant by him. Instead of facing the necessary conversation, Circus flees, setting off a chain of interlocking revelations from the various women in his life. Most notable among them is his teenage daughter, Koko, who idolizes him and is awakening to her own sexuality even as her mentally fragile mother struggles to overcome her long-failed marriage and rejection by Circus. Delivering a lush orchestration of diverse female voices, Warrell spins a provocative, soulful, and gripping story of passion and risk, fathers and daughters, wives and single women, and, finally, hope and reconciliation, in answer to the age-old question: how do we find belonging when love is unrequited?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Laura Warrell is a contributor to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Tin House Summer Workshop, and is a graduate of the creative writing program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her work has appeared in HuffPost, The Rumpus, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among other publications. She has taught creative writing and literature at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and through the Emerging Voices Fellowship at PEN America in Los Angeles, where she lives.

ABOUT THE IN CONVERSATION PARTNER

Glory Edim is the founder of Well-Read Black Girl, a book club and digital platform that celebrates Black literature and sisterhood. The author and editor of Well-Read Black Girl, Edim won the 2017 Innovator’s Award from the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes.

Please note Loyalty has a zero tolerance policy for harassment or intimidation of any kind during virtual or in-person events. 

Event date: 
Tuesday, September 27, 2022 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
MLK Library
901 G St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
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Sweet, Soft, Plenty Rhythm: A Novel By Laura Warrell Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593316443
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Pantheon - September 27th, 2022

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On Girlhood: 15 Stories from the Well-Read Black Girl Library By Glory Edim (Editor) Cover Image
By Glory Edim (Editor)
$23.95
ISBN: 9781631497698
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Published: Liveright - October 26th, 2021

Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves By Glory Edim Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780525619772
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Published: Ballantine Books - October 30th, 2018