Meet Sapphire Discussing and Signing The Kid at MDC

Wolfson Campus. Jul 27, 2011. 7:30 p.m.

A story of body and spirit, rooted in the hungers of flesh and of the soul, The Kid brings us deep into the interior life of Abdul Jones. We meet him at age nine, on the day of his mother’s funeral.

Left alone to navigate a world in which love and hate sometimes hideously masquerade, forced to confront unspeakable violence, his history, and the dark corners of his own heart, Abdul claws his way toward adulthood and toward an identity he can stand behind.

In a generational story that moves with the speed of thought from a Mississippi dirt farm to Harlem in its heyday; from a troubled Catholic orphanage to downtown artist’s lofts, The Kid tells of a twenty- first-century young man’s fight to find a way toward the future. A testament to the ferocity of the human spirit and the deep nourishing power of love and of art, The Kid chronicles a young man about to take flight. In the intimate, terrifying, and deeply alive story of Abdul’s journey, we are witness to an artist’s birth by fire.

Sapphire is the author of two collections of poetry and the bestselling novel Push. The film adaption of her novel, Precious (2009), received the Academy Award for Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress, in addition to the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Awards in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at Sundance. In 2009 she was a recipient of a United States Artist Fellowship. She lives in New York City.

Tickets are required for this event. Free tickets are available at Books & Books, Coral Gables, Miami Beach or Bal Harbour locations. Reserved, priority seating is available with your pre-purchase of The Kid. Limit 2 free tickets per person, while supplies last.

This event is presented in collaboration with the Florida Center for the Literary Arts and Casa Valentina.

Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
300 Northeast 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33132
Chapman Conference Center
Building 3, Second Floor
www.mdc.edu

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