Carvell Wallace: "Another Word for Love: A Memoir", in conversation with Nina Renata Aron

May 30 2024 - 7:00pm


Join us at Pegasus Books Downtown on Thursday, May 30th at 7pm to celebrate the release of award-winning Oakland journalist Carvell Wallace's brilliant debut, Another Word for Love: A Memoir. Pegasus is thrilled to welcome Wallace for a reading and conversation with fellow Oakland writer and editor Nina Renata Aron.

Released this May from MCD Books (a division of Farrar, Straus, and Giroux), Another Word for Love is a transformative memoir that reimagines the conventions of love and posits a radical vision for healing. In Another Word for Love, Carvell Wallace excavates layers of his own history, situated in the struggles and beauty of growing up Black and queer in America. Copies of this can't-miss debut will be available for signing at the event.

More about the book:

Carvell Wallace is an award-winning journalist who has built his career on writing unforgettable profiles, bringing a provocative and engaged sensitivity to his subjects. Now he turns the focus on himself, examining his own life and the circumstances that frame it—to make sense of seeking refuge from homelessness with a young single mother, living in a ghostly white Pennsylvania town, becoming a partner and parent, raising two teenagers in what feels like a collapsing world.

With courage, vulnerability, and a remarkable expansiveness of spirit—not to mention a thrilling, and unrivaled, storytelling verve—Another Word for Love makes an irresistible case for life, healing, the fullness of our humanity, and, of course, love. It could be called a theory of life itself—a theory of being that will leave you open to the wonder of the world.

Carvell Wallace’s devastating book vibrates with a rare power—the kind of power that will help save lives. Because not only is it a brilliant evocation of the effects of marginalization on generation after generation, it is the story of how hope persists, and nourishes, despite what has come before. An unforgettable treatise on pain—and love. This book is a gift.” —Hilton Als, author of My Pinup

“...A remarkable book by one of the finest young writers I’ve come across in many years. An insightful work by a young scribe of deep talent, whose courage and ingenuity is inspirational.” —James McBride, author of The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store

Carvell Wallace’s Another Word For Love moves us symphonically, presenting an orchestra of moving parts, sounds, ideas, exquisite images to the reader as if to a beloved. It gives us a nearly unprecedented vision of life. It is one of the most beautiful memoirs I’ve ever read.” —Kaveh Akbar, author of Martyr!

About the author:

Carvell Wallace grew up between southwestern Pennsylvania, Washington, DC, and Los Angeles. He attended the New York University Tisch School of the Arts and worked as a stage actor before spending fifteen years in direct-service youth nonprofits. He has covered art, entertainment, music, culture, race, sports, and parenting for The New York Times MagazineThe New YorkerSlateGQPitchforkMTV News, and other outlets. As a podcast host, he has been nominated for a Peabody Award and won a Kaleidoscope Award. He is the coauthor of Andre Iguodala’s New York Times bestselling basketball memoir, The Sixth Man. He lives in Oakland and has two adult children, a comfortable couch, and a lot of plants.

About the moderator:

Nina Renata Aron is a writer and editor based in Oakland. She is the author of Good Morning, Destroyer of Men's Souls, a memoir and cultural history of codependency, which was published by Crown in 2020. Her work has appeared in The New York TimesThe Los Angeles TimesThe Los Angeles Review of BooksThe GuardianPoetry FoundationThe New RepublicJewish CurrentsElle, and elsewhere. She writes a newsletter about books called Dollface

Additional praise:

« “Wallace’s lyrical eye, sharpened to every detail, lends rhythmic cohesion to a series of events whose context spans from the Los Angeles riots in 1992 to the racial protests in the summer of 2020, and he consistently investigates the collision between the systemic and the personal . . . Wallace’s text is defiant in its honoring of beauty, gratitude, and the care he takes to live and tell his story . . . lending richness and vulnerability to the link between a writer and his readers. Ultimately, this is an intricate and exhilarating memoir—heartbreaking, humbling, and hopeful. An exquisite, soulful must-read.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

One of the most soulfully crafted memoirs I’ve ever read. I couldn’t figure out how Carvell Wallace blurred time, region, care, and sexuality into something so different from anything I’ve read before.” —Kiese Laymon, author of Long Division  

“A gripping tour through one man’s life and mind that is full of passion, humor, and heartbreak. Wallace’s debut is no less than a guide for living, an inquiry into masculinity, fatherhood, and intimacy that brims with humility and insight.” —Melissa Febos, author of Girlhood, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award

“Wallace writes with specificity and generosity about his own particular life, but in cultivating love and generosity for himself and the people around him, he manages somehow to extend the same abundant generosity to his reader. In a book filled with stories—in language that is poetic, profane, philosophical, and funny--what I will remember most is the extraordinary tenderness Wallace brings forth from stony places. A beautiful, melancholy, cathartic anthem for these hard years.” —Lydia Kiesling, author of Mobility

Another Word for Love recounts a life marked by profound uncertainty—mother, home, self as ephemeral as fog. And yet out of this morass emerges Carvell Wallace’s voice, clear and sharp as glass—and this book of uncommon brilliance and grace. A classic is born.” —Danzy Senna, author of Colored Television

Event address: 
2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704
Another Word for Love: A Memoir By Carvell Wallace Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374237820
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: MCD - May 14th, 2024

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