D. Watkins has become one of the most recognized voices in Baltimore. As a writer for Salon, Watkins and his essays have brought national attention to the issues of poverty and race relations, and his new book aims to continue that discussion.
On Wednesday—one day after today's release of The Beast Side: Living (and Dying) While Black In America—Watkins will read from his collection of essays and sign copies at Union Baptist Church of Baltimore.
The Beast Side chronicles Watkins' life, from his early years in East Baltimore and his time as a drug dealer to college, graduate school, and experiences as an adjunct professor at Coppin State University. We reviewed the book this month, and found it a deft portrayal of how systemic inequality affects our communities.
Wednesday's event begins at 7 p.m., and there's no cost for general admission, though there's a $40 charge for VIP seating. Click here for more info.