Janelle Monae releases book based on Dirty Computer album – Music News


Janelle Monae is releasing a book based on her songs “Dirty Computer”.

The 36-year-old singer has been working on “The Memory Librarian,” a short story collection based on her 2018 album, slated for release next year.

She wrote on Instagram: “Who owns your memories?

“THE MEMORY LIBRARIAN and Other Stories of Dirty Computer. APRIL 2022. Preorder is now available.

“Damn, I can’t believe I’m typing this. Science fiction and Afro-futurism have always been vehicles I use to drive my art and storytelling (no matter what medium), so this it is a dream to publish my first new collection in these genres! Thank you to everyone at @harpervoyagerus for the support and the opportunity.

“It has been a total honor to swim in creative waters with other dirty computers in our community. I am so grateful to these amazing writers for helping to bring these stories to light:

“Alaya Dawn Johnson @alayadj (” The Memory Librarian “), Eve L. Ewing @ eve.ewing (” Timebox “), Yohanca Delgado @yodelnyc (” Save Changes “), Sheree Renée Thomas @shereereneethomas (” Timebox Altar (ed) ”), and Danny Lore @weredawgz (“ Nevermind ”).

“Cover by @alexistsegba

“I humbly thank you for taking a byte with me as we delve deeper into the world and stories of Dirty Computer.

“Preorder now – link in bio. Jane 57821 (sic).”

Monáe wrote the book with collaborators Yohanca Delgado, Eve L. Ewing, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Danny Lore, and Sheree Renée Thomas.

According to editors Harper Collins, “The Memory Librarian” “brings to the written page the Afrofuturist world of [Monáe’s] critically acclaimed album, exploring how different threads of liberation – queerness, race, gender plurality and love – intertwine with future possibilities of memory and time in such a totalitarian landscape … and what the costs might be in trying to unravel them and weave them into freedoms “.

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