Nabil Ayers Book Discussion
Join us on February 19th for a powerful discussion with author Nabil Ayers about his new book, My Life in the Sunshine.†
About the book:
In 1971, a white, Jewish, former ballerina chose to have a child with the famous Black jazz musician Roy Ayers, fully expecting and agreeing to his absenteeism. In MY LIFE IN THE SUNSHINE, their son Nabil Ayers recounts a life spent living with the aftermath of that decision, and his journey to build an identity of his own despite his fatherís absence. Even though Nabil has only met him a handful of times, his father has been a steady influence in his life. Like Roy, Nabil became deeply involved in the music industry, first as a musician, and currently as the President of Beggars Group USA, where he has worked with musicians such as The National, St. Vincent, and Big Thief. The title of his memoir is a homage to the opening lyric from his fatherís 1976 song, ďEverybody Loves the Sunshine,Ē which has always followed Nabil as both a painful and hopeful reminder of his connection to his father-- reflecting the passion and ambition that they share as well as the close relationship that they donít.
In Nabilís search to connect with his father, he ultimately discovers the existence of several half-siblings as well as a paternal ancestor who was enslaved. Following these connections, Nabil meets and befriends the descendant of the plantation owner, which, strangely, paves the way for him to make meaningful connections with the extended family he never knew existed. A thoughtful meditation on biracial identity, intimacy, and finding true community; MY LIFE IN THE SUNSHINE upends our conventional understanding of family and redefines its boundaries.
About the author:
Nabil Ayers is the President of Beggars Group USA, where he has released albums by many GRAMMY Award-winning artists. Ayers has written about music and race for publications including The New York Times, NPR, Rolling Stone, and GQ. He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.