Prince Shakur: When They Tell You To Be Good

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Prince Shakur: When They Tell You To Be Good

Prince Shakur joins host Rinaldo Walcott in the Appel Salon to discuss his debut memoir, When They Tell You To Be Good.

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Bram & Bluma Appel Salon Toronto Reference Library 789 Yonge Street Toronto, ON M4W 2G8 Canada

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  • 1 hour
  • Mobile eTicket

Prince Shakur's fierce debut memoir When They Tell You To be Good charts his political coming of age from closeted queer kid in a Jamaican family to radicalized adult traveler, writer, and anarchist in Obama and Trump’s America. In the book, Shakur unravels family secrets while coming to terms with his inner self and confronting the steeped complexities of the Afro-diaspora. When They Tell You To Be Good examines a tangled web of race, trauma, and memory and compels readers to take a closer, deeper look at the political world of young, Black, queer, and radical millennials today. In conversation with host Rinaldo Walcott.

Question and answer session and book signing to follow. Books available for purchase.

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About Prince Shakur

About Rinaldo Walcott

Read When They Tell You To Be Good

This event is part of our signature Salon Series, where we host local and international authors, artists and thinkers in conversation about their new books and big ideas.

This event is also part of TPL's Black History and Culture Series.

Presenting Sponsor of Heritage Programs: TD Bank Group, through the TD Ready Commitment. __________________________________________

Note: This is an in-person event at The Bram and Bluma Appel Salon, the premiere event space for Toronto Public Library’s cultural and heritage programming located on the second floor of the Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street).

Arrive early, meet people. The talk starts at 7 pm, but doors open at 6 pm. Come early so you can chat with your fellow literature lovers, and make new friends. As with all Appel Salon events, we'll have a cash bar with a selection of beer and wine, as well as sandwiches and snacks.

Reminder! We oversell these events to make sure that most people have an opportunity to attend. Tickets are only guaranteed until 15 minutes before the show starts, at which point we will start opening up available spots to the rush line.

This event will not be live streamed but the replay will be made available to watch on TPL’s YouTube channel.


Accessibility at Toronto Public Library

We are committed to making our content accessible to as many Torontonians as possible. Please call or email us if you are Deaf or have a disability and would like to request accommodation to participate in this program. Please let us know as far in advance as possible and we will do our best to meet your request. At least three weeks’ notice is preferred. Phone 416-393-7099 or email