Christina Cooke presents BROUGHTUPSY with Emily Raboteau In Woodstock

Sunday Mar/03/2024 @ 2:00 pm
Free Event

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Golden Notebook Bookstore is very excited to welcome Christina Cooke and Emily Raboteau to celebrate Broughtupsy! This event will take place at Graveside Variety (33 Rock City Road, Woodstock NY). **This event is free to attend** You can purchase the book from the Golden Notebook during the event!


At once cinematic yet intimate, Broughtupsy is an enthralling debut novel about a young Jamaican woman grappling with grief as she discovers her family, her home, is always just out of reach.

Named a Most Anticipated title by over 19 publications across the US, UK, Canada, and the Caribbean — including Electric Literature, CBC Books, Cosmopolitan UK, Bocas Literary Festival, and more.

Tired of not having a place to land, twenty-year-old Akúa flies from Canada to her native Jamaica to reconnect with her estranged sister Tamika. Their younger brother Bryson has recently passed from sickle cell anemia—the same disease that took their mother ten years prior—and Akúa carries his remains in a small wooden box with the hope of reassembling her family.

Over the span of two fateful weeks, Akúa and Tamika visit significant places from their childhood, but time spent with her sister only clarifies how different they are, and how years of living abroad have distanced Akúa from her home culture. “Am I Jamaican?” she asks herself again and again. Beneath these haunting doubts lie anger and resentment at being abandoned by her own blood. “Why didn’t you stay with me?” she wants to ask Tamika.

Wandering through Kingston with her brother’s ashes in tow, Akúa meets Jayda, a brash stripper who shows her a different side of the city. As the two grow closer, Akúa confronts the difficult reality of being gay in a deeply religious family, and what being a gay woman in Jamaica actually means.

By turns diasporic family saga, bildungsroman, and terse sexual awakening, Broughtupsy is a profoundly moving debut novel that asks: what do we truly owe our family, and what are we willing to do to savor the feeling of home?


Christina Cooke’s writing has previously appeared in The Caribbean Writer, Prairie Schooner, PRISM international, Epiphany: A Literary Journal, and elsewhere. A MacDowell Fellow and Journey Prize winner, she holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of New Brunswick and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Born in Jamaica, Christina is now a Canadian citizen who lives and writes in New York City.


Emily Raboteau writes at the intersection of social and environmental justice, race, climate change, and parenthood. Her books are Lessons for Survival; Searching for Zion, winner of an American Book Award and finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award; and the critically acclaimed novel, The Professor’s Daughter. A contributing editor at Orion Magazine and a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books, Raboteau’s writing has recently appeared and been anthologized in the New Yorker, the New York Times, New York Magazine, The Nation, Best American Science Writing, Best American Travel Writing, and elsewhere. She serves as nonfiction faculty at the Bread Loaf Environmental Writing Conference and is a full professor at the City College of New York (CUNY) in Harlem, once known as “the poor man’s Harvard.” She lives in the Bronx.

Sunday, Mar/03/2024 @ 2:00 pm

Event Location:
Graveside Variety
33 Rock City Road, Woodstock, NY 12498

Golden Notebook Bookstore | 845-679-8000

 Free Event

Adults, Teens, LGBTQ+, African-Americans, Black Immigrants
No Registration Required
Wheelchair Accessible


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