5.11.2004

TONIGHT: don't forget to come share the love: Cupcake , Tuesday, May 11, featuring

DANYEL SMITH, author of MORE LIKE WRESTLING

*Lolita, 266 Broome (@ Allen)
*We gather at 7, and the reading starts at 7:30
*Admission to Cupcake is FREE

DANYEL SMITH is a former editor at large for Time Inc. and the former editor-in-chief of Vibe. She also has written for the Village Voice, Rolling Stone, Spin, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and the New York Times. Smith teaches at New School University and wrote the introduction for the New York Times bestseller, "Tupac Shakur." She lives in Brookyn, but was born and raised in California.

During a sabbatical from Vibe on a National Arts Journalism fellowship, she began writing fiction that took her back to the complex, unresolved stories of the people she grew up with in Oakland, young men and women whose lives and dreams were derailed by growing up parentless in the devastating age of crack. The result is More Like Wrestling, which follows the story of two sisters, Paige and Pinch, inseparable teen–age refugees in the 1980s coming to grips with the truth about their choices and their tangled roots.

PRAISE FOR MORE LIKE WRESTLING:

“Lyrical and engaging . . . Smith’s light, sinewy prose sings with precision.” —
Washington Post Bookworld

“A wildly intelligent coming-of-age story [and] a morally complex take on the
devastating costs of poverty and racism—a tale that deals in hard truths and, ultimately, forgiveness.”— Elle

“Smith’s supple language and the generosity she shows toward her own imagination and memory allows something new and real to emerge—a grittier, muckier story, full of the uncertainty of life.” — Africana

"...Smith has created vivid characters, a palpable sense of place and a wholly
absorbing story." -New York Times Book Review

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