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Tue, May 23


Brooklyn Community Pride Center

Author Talk: "Rosewater" with Liv Little and Kimberly Drew.

For fans of Bolu Babalola and Tia Williams comes a “tender, soulful, and sexy” (Phoebe Robinson) debut novel about finding love in an unexpected place.

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Author Talk: "Rosewater" with Liv Little and Kimberly Drew.
Author Talk: "Rosewater" with Liv Little and Kimberly Drew.

Time & Location

May 23, 2023, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

Brooklyn Community Pride Center, 1561 Bedford Ave Suite Ground A, Brooklyn, NY 11225, USA

About the Event

About the Book: 

A TODAY and LGBTQ Reads Most Anticipated Book of 2023 • A Goodreads Buzziest Debut Novel of the New Year • An Electric Lit Most Anticipated LGBTQ+ Book of Spring 2023 • A Bustle Most Anticipated Book of Spring & Summer 2023 • A Nylon April 2023 Must-Read Book • An Ebony Required Reading Pick for April.  For fans of Bolu Babalola and Tia Williams comes a “tender, soulful, and sexy” (Phoebe Robinson) debut novel about finding love in an unexpected place.

Elsie is a sexy, funny, and fiercely independent woman in south London. But several things in her life have gone terribly wrong. She’s estranged from her family; is failing to make it as a poet; and has just been evicted from her social housing. As fierce and independent as she is, even Elsie must admit that being a carefree 28-year-old is proving difficult—and that she’s running out of options.

Juliet, her best friend since childhood, has always been Elsie’s lifeline. So even though they haven’t spoken in months, Elsie is soon snuggled up on Juliet’s couch, back at home among the mismatched cushions and knit blankets.

Between their reruns of Drag Race and nights smoking on the balcony, something surprising begins to glimmer in Elsie’s heart. And as the days turn into weeks and then months, this feeling quickly becomes too fierce to ignore. Will Elsie be brave enough to open herself up to love?

Featuring the poetry of Kai-Isaiah Jamal, Rosewater is a deliciously steamy queer romance from a bold new voice. An electric and captivating debut, Elsie’s story teaches us that sometimes home is not always where we are, but who we are with . . .

About the Author: 

Liv Little is a writer of Jamaican and Guyanese descent via South London. She tells stories with heart about the people and places that matter to her. Her work spans journalism, audio, TV, and curatorial projects, for which she’s received various accolades, including LGBTQI+ Broadcaster of the Year and Rising Star at WOW. Her short story, “The Sisters”, was published in the critically acclaimed Hag, a collection of forgotten folktales retold. She was a BBC writer–in–residence for 2021, during which she developed an original pilot for a queer conspiracy thriller. Liv is most at peace in nature, and she now lives by the sea. Rosewater is her debut novel.

About the Conversation Parnter:

Kimberly Drew (a.k.a. @museummammy) Kimberly Drew is a curator and cultural critic. Drew received her B.A. from Smith College in Art History and African-American Studies. She first experienced the art world as an intern in the Director’s Office of The Studio Museum in Harlem. Her time there inspired her to start the Tumblr blog Black Contemporary Art, sparking her interest in social media. Drew’s writing has appeared in Vogue, Vanity Fair, and them. Drew recently joined the Curatorial team at Pace Gallery. Her book's Black Futures, co-edited with J Wortham, and This is What I Know About Art are both available wherever books are sold. You can follow her at @museummammy on Instagram and Twitter.

About the Brooklyn Community Pride Center:

Brooklyn Community Pride Center advances lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer liberation by celebrating, commemorating, and convening LGBTQ+ Brooklyn through socially conscious and culturally responsive programs, partnerships, and advocacy.


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