Words & Music: Roxane Gay + Aya Aziz + Ben Arthur
Saturday November 4: 4:00PM – 5:30PM
Ticket sales for this event have closed. The line for the event will form at 3:00 PM on the day of the event in front of the Strand on Broadway. The event will take place in the Rare Book Room on the Strand's 3rd floor at our flagship store, located at 828 Broadway (at 12th Street).
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 Aya Aziz and Ben Arthur will perform musical responses.
Please join us in the Rare Book Room for this special event.
Please Note: Purchase of a ticket in advance is required to attend this event. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Entry will be through the gold doors at 826 Broadway, right next to the entrance of the Strand. Please take the stairs or elevator to the third floor to enter our Rare Book Room.
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.
Aya Aziz is a writer, composer, and performance artist based in NYC. She’s brought original productions to the New York Musical Festival (NYMF), the Fringe, and Planet Connections Theater Festivity. Her solo show at NYMF won awards for Most Outstanding Book and Most Outstanding Individual Performance. A re-written, revamped, iteration of the show will premier Off-Broadway in January 2019. In the meantime, you can find her on stage with the New York Neofuturists every weekend or follow her work on Soundcloud at soundcloud.com/aya-aziz-