James Spooner's The High Desert: Black. Punk. Nowhere, is a formative coming-of-age graphic memoir by the creator of the award-winning documentary Afro-punk: a young man’s immersive reckoning with identity, racism, clumsy teen love and belonging in an isolated California desert, and a search for salvation and community through punk. Weaving in the Black roots of punk rock and a vivid interlude in the thriving eighties punk scene in New York's East Village, James Spooner's graphic novel is a must-read memoir of a budding punk, artist, and activist.
In the spirit of DIY culture that emerged from the punk movement in the late 70s, this book launch party features a mini-zine fest with several local zine vendors and independent publications, and live music performances by Los Angeles punk bands The Tissues and Dangers. Our food vendor for the night, feed the people los angeles, will be selling vegan tacos!
4:30 pm: Doors Open
5 pm: Mini Zine Fest
Arantza Peña Popo
And more TBA!
7 pm: Reading & Author Conversation with James Spooner, moderated by Jim Ruland
8 pm: The Tissues
9 pm: Dangers