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ARCHIVE OF TONGUES | A Busboys and Poets Books Presentation

Location 14th & V 2021 14th St NW, Washington, District of Columbia, 20009
Date Wednesday, May 1, 2024 at 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Duration   1 hours
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On May 1st, 2024 at 6 PM, Busboys and Poets Books is hosting a powerful and thought-provoking event featuring Moon Charania discussing her new book "ARCHIVE OF TONGUES." In this profound work, Charania explores themes of feminine dispossession, the brown diaspora experience, and her own mother's life stories through a feminist, queer, and postcolonial lens. By centering her mother's tongue as both a metaphor and material archive, Charania gives voice to the often silenced survival narratives, acts of disobedience, and ways of meaning-making by brown immigrant mothers. This event promises to be a poignant and insightful look into the afflictions and limits faced by these women as well as the consequences of their stories being excluded from scholarly interrogations. Joining Charania for this in-person discussion is Dr. Stevie Larson, ensuring a nuanced dialogue around sexuality, violence, racism, and the myriad facets of the brown feminine experience. Attendees will have the rare opportunity to not only purchase Charania's groundbreaking book but also get it signed by the author herself. For anyone interested in intersectional feminism, queer theory, postcolonial studies, or simply seeking a deeper understanding of immigrant narratives, this event is an absolute must. The chance to hear directly from Charania, an esteemed scholar and Fulbright Specialist, about her pathbreaking research on "brownness" and femicide makes this a truly unique evening. Seating will likely be limited, so securing a spot early is highly recommended for this free but impactful program from Busboys and Poets Books.

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