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: âWho 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.
âIt 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 RenÃ©e Thomas @shereereneethomas (” Timebox Altar (ed) â), and Danny Lore @weredawgz (â Nevermind â).
“Cover by @alexistsegba
âI 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).”
MonÃ¡e wrote the book with collaborators Yohanca Delgado, Eve L. Ewing, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Danny Lore, and Sheree RenÃ©e Thomas.
According to editors Harper Collins, “The Memory Librarian” “brings to the written page the Afrofuturist world of [MonÃ¡eâs] 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 “.