Offsite: Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah with Tommy Orange

Wednesday, May 17, 2023 - 7:00pm

Promotional graphic for our event with Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah. The background is a torn page of red and turquoise, opening to reveal a dark starry sky. In the center are three images: an author photo of Adjei-Brenyah, the cover of his book Chain-Gang All-Stars, and an author photo of Tommy Orange. Text reads “Green Apple Books presents Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah featuring Tommy Orange. Chain-Gang All-Stars Book Release. Wednesday, May 17. Doors 7pm, Show 8pm. Tickets include a copy of the book. Get Yours at”
Join us on Wednesday, May 17 when Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah celebrates his new novel, Chain-Gang All-Stars, with Tommy Orange at The Chapel!

Tickets on sale at the link below. Ticket includes a copy of the book.


About this Event
Join us on Wednesday, May 17 when Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah celebrates the release of his highly-anticipated novel, Chain Gang All-Stars, with Pulitzer Prize finalist, Tommy Orange! This event will include a conversation between Adjei-Brenyah and Orange and an audience Q+A. Signing line to follow. Doors at 7pm, start time 8pm.

General admission includes entry for one and a copy of Chain Gang All-Stars. Dual admission includes entry for two people and one copy of Chain Gang All-Stars, perfect for attendees who share a household.

Make a night of it and have dinner and drinks at Curio before the show! Reservations are available HERE.


About the Chain Gang All-Stars
Two top women gladiators fight for their freedom within a depraved private prison system not so far-removed from America’s own in this explosive, hotly-anticipated debut novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Friday Black, "one of the most exciting young writers in America” (George Saunders, best-selling author of Liberation Day and Lincoln in the Bardo).

She felt their eyes, all those executioners…

Loretta Thurwar and Hamara “Hurricane Staxxx” Stacker are the stars of Chain-Gang All-Stars, the cornerstone of CAPE, or Criminal Action Penal Entertainment, a highly-popular, highly-controversial, profit-raising program in America’s increasingly dominant private prison industry. It’s the return of the gladiators and prisoners are competing for the ultimate prize: their freedom.

In CAPE, prisoners travel as Links in Chain-Gangs, competing in death-matches for packed arenas with righteous protestors at the gates. Thurwar and Staxxx, both teammates and lovers, are the fan favorites. And if all goes well, Thurwar will be free in just a few matches, a fact she carries as heavily as her lethal hammer. As she prepares to leave her fellow Links, she considers how she might help preserve their humanity, in defiance of these so-called games, but CAPE’s corporate owners will stop at nothing to protect their status quo and the obstacles they lay in Thurwar’s path have devastating consequences.    

Moving from the Links in the field to the protestors to the CAPE employees and beyond, Chain-Gang All-Stars is a kaleidoscopic, excoriating look at the American prison system’s unholy alliance of systemic racism, unchecked capitalism, and mass incarceration, and a clear-eyed reckoning with what freedom in this country really means from a “new and necessary American voice” (Tommy Orange, The New York Times Book Review).

About the Authors
Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenayh
 is the New York Times-bestselling author of Friday Black. His work has appeared in The New York Times Book ReviewEsquire, The Paris Review, and elsewhere. He was a National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” honoree, the winner of the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award and the Saroyan Prize, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Award for Best First Book, along with many other honors. Raised in Spring Valley, New York, he now lives in the Bronx.

Tommy Orange is an American novelist and writer from Oakland, California. His first book, There There, was a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize and received the 2019 American Book Award. He is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, and was born and raised in Oakland, California. He now lives in Angels Camp, California, with his wife and son.

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Tickets on sale at the link below. Ticket includes a copy of the book.

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