Lesley-Ann Brown with Elisa Donovan - Blackgirl on Mars (Online Event)

Lesley-Ann Brown
in conversation with Elisa Donovan

Blackgirl on Mars

Live Online

Tues., February 28, 2023 • 1:00pm PT

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Blackgirl on Mars is a radical memoir that chronicles author, educator and activist Lesley-Ann Brown's two years' worth of travel searching for "home".

As she travels across the US during the Black Lives Matter protests and Covid-19 pandemic and then to Trinidad and Tobago to attend the funeral of her grandmother, Brown tells her own life-story, as well as writing about race, gender, sexuality, and education, and ideas of home, family and healing.

Both a radical political manifesto and a moving memoir about finding your place in the world, 
Blackgirl on Mars is about what it means to be a Black and Indigenous woman in Europe and the Americas in the twenty-first century.

Lesley-Ann Brown is a Caribbean-American writer, born in Brooklyn, with roots in Trinidad and Tobago.

She studied Writing and Literature at Eugene Lang College at the New School in New York City. During the 90s she worked in NYC publishing and freelanced for a variety of publications such as the Source and Vibe magazines.

In 1999 she moved to Copenhagen, Denmark to become a mother. She began organizing poetry events and freelanced for NBCBLK. Blackgirl on Mars; her blog that chronicled her life in Denmark, was a pioneer in the blogosphere. She is the founder of Bandit Queen Press (how to make books in your kitchen), which is inspired by the power of zine making and bookmaking. She conducts writing workshops around the world including  at the Royal Danish Art Academy, as well as in Finland and the US. Brown is also a TEDx speaker.

Her work has been published in the US, throughout Europe and Latin America. She is the author of Decolonial Daughter: Letters from a Black Woman to her European Son.  

Lesley-Ann Brown is interested in how modernity has ruptured familial memories and bonds. She is interested in the land and the stories that it holds. In her upcoming publication Blackgirl on Mars she examines the current global mental health crisis and how it is related to “civilization” or the project of modernity;  healing among other issues.

For over 20 years, Elisa Donovan has been a part of iconic pop culture phenomenons, starring in such roles as Amber in the iconic movie Clueless.  She followed that up with a turn on another pop culture sensation, the television series Beverly Hills, 90210, playing bad girl Ginger LaMonica. Since then she has appeared in several other films, and recently published a memoir. Wake Me When You Leave is a very personal memoir about losing her job, her relationship, and her father to cancer, all over a short period of time.


Lesley-Ann Brown photo courtesy of the author; Elisa Donovan photo courtesy of the author


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Blackgirl on Mars By Lesley-Ann Brown Cover Image
ISBN: 9781914420283
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Repeater - February 14th, 2023