Book Club: My Government Means to Kill Me

On the Same Page, Summer 2024
Wednesday, 8/7/2024
7:00 - 8:00

We discuss Rasheed Newson's page-turning novel, My Government Means to Kill Me,

Newson’s My Government Means to Kill Me follows the journey of Earl "Trey" Singleton III, a young gay Black man who leaves his affluent family in Indianapolis to navigate 1980s New York City. Trey finds himself in a place of political and social reckoning, forming connections with figures like civil rights leader Bayard Rustin and facing off against his negligent landlord, Fred Trump. As Trey immerses in gay rights activism and directly involved with ACT UP, he grapples with the complexities of family and the realities of life and death. Through a blend of historical events and fictional narrative, Newson delivers a dynamic a Black Queer coming-of-age in 80s NYC set in the backdrop of the AIDS epidemic.

Newson is the author of the debut novel, My Government Means to Kill Me (Flatiron Books, 2022), a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice for 2022 and a finalist for the LAMBDA Literary Award for Gay Fiction. He is also a writer and co-executive producer of the hit television shows Bel-Air, The Chi and Narcos, along with his creative partner T.J. Brady. 

Born and raised in Indianapolis, he is the oldest of three children. He currently resides in Pasadena, California with his husband and two children. 

Related Event

Author: Rasheed Newson and Andrew Sean Greer in conversation – Wed., Aug. 14, 6 p.m. 

Read, discuss ideas and connect through the many book clubs hosted by SFPL.

On The Same Page is a bimonthly city-wide read.

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