Words & Music: Roxane Gay + Ben Arthur

Saturday November 4: 4:00PM 5:30PM

Event Admission

In this reading and live music series, songwriters perform "answer songs" written in response to a story. On November 4th, author Roxane Gay will read from her book Difficult Women, and Ben Arthur will perform musical responses.

Please join us in the Rare Book Room for this special event.

Roxane Gay’s writing appears in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many others. She is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. She is the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, the New York Times bestselling Bad Feminist, the nationally bestselling Difficult Women and the New York Times bestselling Hunger. She is also the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel. She has several books forthcoming and is also at work on television and film projects.

Ben Arthur’s upcoming eighth album is American Castles, which continues Ben’s exploration of “answer songs” and art-inspired inspiration and collaboration. “Young Dead” was co-written with author George Saunders, while other songs on the album were written in response to stories by Joyce Carol Oates, Patricia Lockwood, and Susan Orlean. Ben is also a producer and the host of the Emmy-nominated television series SongCraft Presents, in which Ben writes and records a song with a featured artist over the course of a day.  Ben has released seven previous albums and two novels, and has shared the stage with artists including Dave Matthews, Tori Amos, Bruce Hornsby, Shawn Colvin, and Toots and the Maytals.  Ben has licensed songs to ABC, CBS, PBS, Showtime, and Lifetime, and on Pandora Ben’s songs have logged 2 million plays.