D. Watkins spoke about his book, The Beast Side, at Politics & Prose on Monday, January 11, 2016.
Watkins grew up in Baltimore’s East side—aka “the beast side”—surviving both rival drug dealers and law enforcement to earn two masters degrees and become a writing teacher, a Salon columnist, a CNN and NPR commentator, and Baltimore magazine’s “Best Writer” of 2015. This powerful memoir is also an astute socio-cultural history and an urgent call to action, following Watkins’s experience and that of his community as Trayvon Martin was killed, as Ferguson was torn apart, and as Baltimore itself exploded after the death of Freddie Gray.
THE BEAST SIDE by D. Watkins
January 11, 2016