Author Talk – “I Wasn’t Supposed to be Here” by Jonathan Conyers

Join us for an inspiring and heartwarming author-talk with Jonathan Conyers as we delve into his phenomenal memoir. You will “meet” some of the diverse characters who made up Jonathan’s village and helped him change the trajectory of his life. You will also be treated to a mini debate by some of Jonathan’s students from the Brooklyn Debate League, where he is a board member.

In “I Wasn’t Supposed to Be Here,” Jonathan Conyers shares the full story of his incredible journey escaping the precarious circumstances he was born into, and the teachers, mentors, and guides who helped him along the way. Born into a family crippled by addiction and homelessness, Jonathan “failed” kindergarten and was told he would never succeed academically. But instead, Jonathan found ways to defy the limited expectations placed upon him by building a village to save his own life and realize his dream to get into medical school.

Mark your calendars, save the date, and tell everyone in your village about this engaging event coming to you Thursday, November 9, starting at 6 pm at The Center for Brooklyn History: 128 Pierrepont Street at Clinton Street, Brooklyn, NY.

This program is part of Bridging the Gap: Intergenerational Debate at BPL, made possible through the generosity of The Eisner Foundation.

(Regestration for this free event is available on the Brooklyn Public Library Website here)


Nov 09 2023


6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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Center for Brooklyn History
128 Pierrepont Street Brooklyn, NY 11201


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