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The Terrific English Rapper Kate Tempest Has Written A Novel

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By Bill Pearis reposted from Brooklyn Vegan (here)

“It is not for the story that one reads, nor for the sociopolitical material, which is more crudely drawn. It is for the pinpoint evocation of a milieu, its texture and contours, all delivered with an intensely gathered and focused energy. Sometimes, of course, it helps to imagine Tempest reading – or, indeed, simply to read it aloud yourself. In passages like this, for example, the realisation of her rhythmic control is transformative: “She watched a boy on a bike doing wheelies past a group of four girls sitting on a wall who weren’t looking at him. She watched a man in a suit on a bench by the bus stop, leaning down to offer his sandwich to two fat pigeons, while behind him a homeless man was passed out on the floor, next to a sign saying HUNGRY. PLEASE HELP.” – [The Guardian]

Kate Tempest just released her debut novel, The Bricks That Built the Houses, which is based on the same characters found on her acclaimed 2014 album Everybody Down (its song titles are chapters here) and her theatrical spoken word show Brand New Ancients. Out in the UK now, it will be out May 3 via Bloomsbury. On that day, Kate will be in NYC for a release event at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe where she’ll be in conversation with poet Natalie Diaz, with an audience Q&A and signing to follow. Tickets, which include a copy of the book, are on sale now.

The Housing Works event is the first date of Kate’s short U.S. book tour. She’s got book dates in Australia as well, and will be performing live this summer as well. No North American live performance shows scheduled at the moment but let’s hope that changes soon. All dates are listed below

 

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