Joan Baez in-person on our stage, discussing and reading from her new book! Presented with our friends at Charter Books.

Monday, July 29th @ 6:00pm

TICKETS ON SALE AT 1pm, May 9th.

Join us at the Jane Pickens Theater as we present Joan Baez, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, social activist, artist, and poet, as she discusses her new poetry collection When You See My Mother, Ask Her to Dance. Joan will be interviewed by poet, essayist, cultural critic, and National Book Award finalist Hanif Abdurraqib, whose new book There's Always This Year is a New York Times Bestseller.

Ticket purchase includes admission to the event and one pre-signed copy of When You See My Mother, Ask Her to Dance. Additional signed copies of both authors' books will be available for sale and personalization at the event. Joan will be in the lobby after the reading & discussion for an audience meet & greet and book personalization.

An intimate, autobiographical poetry collection from legendary artist and activist, Joan Baez.

Joan Baez shares poems for or about her contemporaries (such as Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, and Jimi Hendrix), reflections from her childhood, personal thoughts, and cherished memories of her family, including pieces about her younger sister, singer-songwriter Mimi Fariña. Speaking to the people, places, and moments that have had the greatest impact on her art, this collection is an inspiring personal diary in the form of poetry.

While Baez has been writing poetry for decades, she’s never shared it publicly. Poems about her life, her family, about her passions for nature and art, have piled up in notebooks and on scraps of paper. Now, for the first time ever, her life is shared revealing pivotal life experiences that shaped an icon, offering a never-before-seen look into the reminiscences and musings of a great artist.

Like a late-night chat with someone you love, this collection connects fans to the real heart of who Joan Baez is as a person, as a daughter and sister, and as an artist who has inspired millions.
Joan Baez

Joan Baez is a dynamic force of nature. Her commitment to music and social activism has earned global recognition, ranging from induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, to the Ambassador of Conscience Award, Amnesty International's highest honor. Retired from active performing since 2019, she has devoted much of her time to the "Mischief Makers" series of paintings, portraits that immortalize risk-taking visionaries she has known, who have brought about social change through history, from Dr. Martin Luther King and Bob Dylan to the Dalai Lama and Patti Smith. Ms. Baez's acclaimed book of drawings, Am I Pretty When I Fly? was also published by Godine.

Hanif Abdurraqib

Hanif Abdurraqib is an award-winning poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His newest release, There's Always This Year: On Basketball and Ascension (Random House, 2024) is a New York Times Bestseller. Abdurraqib's previous book, A Little Devil In America (Random House, 2021) was a winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal and the Gordon Burn Prize. In 2021, Abdurraqib was named a MacArthur Fellow, and in 2024 was named a Windham-Campbell Prize recipient. He is a graduate of Beechcroft High School.

Doors Open @ 5:00, Joan On Stage @ 6:00

General Admission Tickets $55, $53 for JPT Members (All Tickets Include Signed Book)