Letters to Gil

by Malik Al Nasir

On Sale: 10/26/2021

Letters to Gil

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Letters to Gil

by Malik Al Nasir

On Sale: 10/26/2021

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Letters to Gil is Malik Al Nasir’s profound coming of age memoir – the story of surviving abuse and finding a sense of self under the wing of the great artist, poet and civil rights activist Gil Scott-Heron.

Born in Liverpool, Malik was taken into care at the age of nine after his seafaring father became paralysed. He would spend his adolescence in a system that proved violent, neglectful, exploitative, traumatising and mired in abuse and racism. Aged eighteen, he emerged semi-literate, penniless with no connections or sense of where he was going – until a chance meeting with Gil Scott-Heron.

Letters to Gil will tell the story of Malik’s empowerment and awakening while mentored by Gil, from his introduction to the legacy of black history to the development of his voice through poetry and music. Written with lyricism and power, it is a frank and moving memoir, highlighting how institutional racism can debilitate and disadvantage a child, as well as how mentoring and nurturing through creativity and self-expression, can help undo the damage and turn the detriment into a driving force.

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  • ISBN: 9780008464431
  • ISBN 10: 000846443X
  • Imprint: William Collins
  • On Sale: 10/26/2021
  • Pages: 336
  • List Price:34.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
  • BISAC2 : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural, Ethnic & Regional / African American & Black
  • BISAC3 : LITERARY CRITICISM / Books & Reading
  • BISAC4 : POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Social Services & Welfare
  • BISAC5 : FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Abuse / Child Abuse

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