James Spooner’s L.A. Book Launch “The High Desert: Black. Punk. Nowhere"

05/21/2022 - 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Creative Nonfiction

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


Razorcake Zine

Arantza Peña Popo

Matthew Saldivar

Drifter Zine

Jim Ruland

And more TBA!


7 pm: Reading & Author Conversation with James Spooner, moderated by Jim Ruland


8 pm: The Tissues


9 pm: Dangers

Beyond Baroque
681 N. Venice Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291