Brontez Purnell Book Launch: The Nightlife of Jacuzzi Gaskett
Tuesday, March 12, 7:30pm
Pegasus Books Downtown
Brontez Purnell returns to Pegasus for the Berkeley launch of his first children's book, The Nightlife of Jacuzzi Gaskett.
At night, Jacuzzi is real busy. He cares for his baby brother Jamaal, makes a blender cyclone, ponders life, and waits for Mama's arrival home.
The first children's book from multi-genre artist Brontez Purnell is an inspired portrayal of a common but rarely narrated childhood experience—taking care of a younger sibling.
“Most children’s books show one version of a family: a mom, a dad, stories and kisses at bedtime. The Nightlife of Jacuzzi Gaskett shows kids that there are other ways to live and grow and love your family.”
—Rachel Aimee, NYC Chapter Director, Drag Queen Story Hour
About the author
Brontez Purnell is a zine-maker, punk drummer, choreographer, author of the 2017 novella Since I Laid My Burden Down, and a 2018 Whiting Award winner for fiction. Originally from Alabama, he lives in Oakland, California.
About the illustrator
Elise R. Peterson is an artist, writer, and sex educator living in Brooklyn. She is the illustrator of How Mamas Love Their Babies, one of the NYPL’s Best Books of 2018.