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Cover, Raquel Willis, The Risk It Takes to Bloom: On Life and Liberation (2023). (Photo: courtesy of St. Martin’s Press)

Brooklyn Talks: The Risk It Takes to Bloom with Raquel Willis and Elliot Page

Thursday, November 16, 2023

7–9 pm

Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor

 

Join trailblazing Black transgender activist Raquel Willis and award-winning actor and author Elliot Page in celebrating the release of Willis’s debut book, The Risk It Takes to Bloom: On Life and Liberation. In this memoir, Willis draws on years of community organizing in Atlanta, Oakland, and New York to show how loss and hardship can lead to transformation and liberation. Beginning with Willis’s childhood in Augusta, Georgia, The Risk It Takes to Bloom traces the author’s journey to her current activism—including a history-making speech on the Brooklyn Museum’s plaza during the 2020 March for Black Trans Lives. 

Willis will be joined on stage by Elliot Page, who recently released his memoir Pageboy. Stay after the conversation for a book signing.

Masks are required, regardless of vaccination status. 

Tickets are $25 ($20 for Members). Add a copy of The Risk It Takes to Bloom at checkout and take $4 off your purchase.

This program will include ASL interpretation. For access needs, email us at access@brooklynmuseum.org.