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Events Wed Sep 08 2010

William "Upski" Wimsatt @ 57th Street Books, Chicago Urban Art Society


William "Upski" Wimsatt first got his name out in the world as a graffiti tagger on the South Side. Growing up in Hyde Park he was entranced by African-American hip hop culture from an early age. As he told the New York Times, "I saw it as my job to get white people to talk about race." In 1993 he published an influential article on "wiggers" in The Source. His books include 1994's Bomb The Suburbs and 2000's No More Prisons. Tupac Shakur declared Bomb The Suburbs "the best book I read in prison" and No More Prisons won the 2000 Firecracker Alternative Book Award for Politics. (Incidentally, "bomb" is slang for "to cover a surface with graffiti"). Wimsatt puts his activist money where his mouth is: In 2003 he founded the League of Young Voters, and he's the Chief Executive Officer of All Hands On Deck, a political, organizational and communications consulting firm designed to organize unlikely voters. His latest book, Please Don't Bomb The Suburbs, comes out this October. If you missed his Wednesday night reading at Quimby's, you can still catch two Chicago stops on his book tour. He'll be at 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th Street, Thursday, September 9, 6:30pm. and at Chicago Urban Art Society, 2229 South Halsted Street, Friday, September 10, 6-11pm.

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