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The Memory Librarian


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Janelle Monae is widely celebrated as an American singer/song writer, actress, producer, and futurist with a globally successful career spanning over a decade. With her highly theatrical and stylized concept albums, she has garnered eight Grammy nominations and has her own label imprint, Wondaland Arts Society. Monae has also earned great success as an actor, starring in critically acclaimed films including Moonlight, Hidden Figures, Harriet, The Glorias, and the 2020 horror film Antebellum. She is also currently in production for the highly anticipated sequel Knives Out 2.


'THE MEMORY LIBRARIAN might not be the answer to the social and political upsets of our time, but it is an answer, and a fiercely inspiring one: a deepening of Afrofuturism's potential to weaponize our dreams for a freer, more joyous world."

'Each story in this collection is a searing but ultimately hopeful glimpse into how marginalized groups can hope and create in a world set against them'

'A reminder for those who've ever been told they don't fit in that there's a world beyond this harsh one'

"A poignant commentary on the power of technology, the preservation of queer identity, and the commodification of time'

'Blistering, hopeful, and richly written. . . All readers will finish the book craving more'
BOOKLIST (starred review)

'A moving, triumphant collection...This is a knockout'
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review)

'Highly recommended for readers of conspiracy and thought-control sf or of Afrofuturist works by the likes of Octavia Butler, Nalo Hopkinson, N.K. Jemisin, and Nnedi Okorafor'
LIBRARY JOURNAL (starred review)

'A celebration of queer and Afrofuturist science fiction saluting creativity in difference'

'This one is sure to leave an impression'

'A glorious representation and celebration of a spectrum of sexuality and gender, each written with pure empathy'

'A vivid, visceral text with as much of a hook as the album the stories were inspired by'

'It confirms Monae's incredible power of imagination and creativity whatever medium she's working in, and the ability and talent of her co-writers in bringing her vision alive on the page'

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