Beverly Hills, CA 8/12: Book Club: Cocktails and Conversation with Nicole Dennis-Benn and Carmen Rios

Venue: Ms. Magazine Offices
433 S Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, California
90212
United States

Event Date: August 12, 2019
Start Time: 6:00 pm
End Time: 9:00 pm

Host: Carmen Rios

Description: Join Ms. for Cocktails and Conversation with Nicole Dennis-Benn!

Join us for the Summer 2019 meeting of #MsBookClub, featuring Lamba Literary Award-winning author Nicole Dennis-Benn and Ms. Managing Digital Editor Carmen Rios in conversation with attendees about her new novel PATSY. The event will feature a reception with custom cocktails, a reading by the author and a book signing.

Join us on August 12, 2019
6 PM: Doors Open + Reception Begins
7 PM: Q&A Begins
8:30 PM: Book Signing Begins

…at the Ms. Offices
433 S Beverly Drive
Los Angeles, CA

FREE for Lifetime Members | $10 for Ms. Members | $20 for Non-Members

Non-member tickets include admission to the reception and book signing and a one-year membership to Ms.—including print and digital access to the magazine and discounted access to future Ms. events.

About Nicole

Nicole Dennis-Benn is the author of the novel PATSY and her debut novel, HERE COMES THE SUN. Dennis-Benn is a Lambda Literary Award winner and a recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Grant and has previously taught in the writing programs at Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania, NYU, Sarah Lawrence College and City College; and has been awarded fellowships from MacDowell Colony, Hedgebrook, Lambda, Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Hurston/Wright, and Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. She holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and lives with her wife in Brooklyn, New York.

About the Book

Nicole Dennis-Benn’s PATSY follows two characters: Patsy, who immigrates to the United States for opportunity and to join the woman she loves, and Tru, the child Patsy leaves behind in Jamaica who is mourning the absence of her mother, as well as reckoning with how her community misgenders her.

“Because I am a queer woman, sometimes other queer people ask me if it’s safe to visit Jamaica,” author Alexia Arthurs wrote in her review of the book for Ms. “To many, Jamaica appears to be one of the most homophobic places on Earth, but every place is more than the headlines we’ve read or what we’ve been told. PATSY reminds us of this.”

Nicole will be signing books on-site. We also recommend reading the book in advance. Click here to purchase the book and part of your purchase will support Ms.!

Accessibility Info: Space is accessible — there is a ramp to enter the lobby via the front entrance. Free parking is available on the street. No strobe lights or loud noise, no heavy scents.

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Carmen is the Digital Editor at Ms. , Managing Editor at Argot, a Contributor at Everyday Feminism, and Co-Host of The Bossy Show. She previously served as Straddleverse Director, Feminism Editor, and Social Media Co-Director at Autostraddle. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr or in the drive-thru line at the nearest In-N-Out.

Carmen has written 926 articles for us.

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