Virtual Event Replay: Lisa B. Thompson & Kiese Laymon

9780810142275_0b857Last week we had the pleasure of hosting playwright and professor of African and African Diaspora studies at UT-Austin, Lisa B. Thompson, and bestselling author of Heavy, Kiese Laymon, for a candid, joyful, and inspiring conversation about Thompson’s new book of plays.

Underground, Monroe, & The Mamalogues: Three Plays features new plays by Lisa B. Thompson, author of Single Black Female. In these three plays, the black feminist playwright and scholar thoughtfully explores themes such as the black family, motherhood, migration, racial violence, and trauma and its effect on black people from the early twentieth century to the present. The works showcase Thompson’s subversive humor and engagement with black history and culture through the lens of the black middle class.

Follow this link to our Facebook page now to catch this stunning conversation and be sure to order your copy of Underground, Monroe, & The Mamalogues: Three Plays from BookPeople today!


Virtual event replays like this one can be found on BookPeople’s Facebook page. If Facebook isn’t your thing, that’s okay—they are available for viewing without an account!

About the authors: Lisa B. Thompson is an award-winning playwright whose work has been produced across the United States and internationally. Her work has been produced by Crossroads Theatre Company, New Professional Theatre, Brava Theater Center, Theatre Rhinoceros, The Vortex, New African Grove Theatre Company, Black Spectrum Theatre, Austin Playhouse, the Out of Ink Festival, and the National Black Theatre Festival. Thompson is also a professor of African and African diaspora studies at the University of Texas at Austin and the author of Beyond the Black Lady: Sexuality and the New African American Middle Class.

Kiese Laymon 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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