D. Watkins & Taharka Brothers present THE COOK UP

Saturday June 25, 7:30PM

@ Red Emma's

Our favorite local literary phenom has a brand-new memoir out, and we're betting it will be the Red Emma's bestseller for 2016! Join us as D. Watkins reads from his newly published instant-classic, THE COOK UP, and discusses his personal transformation from the streets to the classroom. And, just to make the story a little sweeter, Watkins teamed up with local youth-led ice cream coop Taharka Brothers to produce a brand-new flavor based on the book! Don't miss your chance to get a signed copy of D's book, and sample the new Taharka Brothers ice cream flavor, too!

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