Join SubText Books in the store on Wednesday, July 10th at 7:00 PM for a reading with Lesley-Ann Brown for “Decolonial Daughter.” Book signing to follow!
In “Decolonial Daughter: Letters from a Black Woman to Her European Son,” Trinidadian-American writer and activist Lesley-Ann Brown explores, through the lens of motherhood, issues of migration, identity and nationhood, and how they relate to land, forced migrations, and imprisonment and genocide for Black and Indigenous people.
Having moved to Copenhagen from Brooklyn over eighteen years ago, Brown attempts to contextualize her and her son’s existence in a post-colonial and supposedly post-racial world in where the very machine of so-called progress has been promised upon the demise of her lineage. “Decolonial Daughter” is the memoir of a bold, independent black woman seeking freedom across different worlds marked by the heavy weight of history and empire—from Trinidad in the 1980s, to Brooklyn in the 1990s, to Europe today. As Brown writes these letters to her son, she faces the ghosts of history which still haunt our time.
LESLEY-ANN BROWN is a Brooklyn-born writer, educator, and activist who currently lives in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her parents hail from Trinidad and Tobago. She studied writing and literature at the New School for Social Research and has worked as a freelance journalist for Vibe and The Source. She also created the critically-acclaimed blackgirlonmars blog and is the founder of Bandit Queen Press.