This Spring author Maxine Gordon continues her extensive tour of speaking engagements and presentations around the release of Sophisticated Giant: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon, the highly-acclaimed official biography of her late husband.

From New York to Oakland, in churches, concert halls, libraries, and bookstores—see the below schedule for a nearby event.

February 2, Saturday, Bethany Baptist Church, Newark, NJ — 3:30 PM

Book discussion and signing with Dorthaan Kirk, Obery Hendricks, and Wayne Winborne


February 5, Tuesday, NYU Gallatin, New York, NY — 7 PM

Book discussion with Brent Edwards and C. Daniel Dawson


February 6, Wednesday, City of Asylum, Pittsburgh, PA — 7 PM

Book Discussion with Alisha Wormsley


February 7, Thursday, Hillman Library, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA — 4 PM

Book discussion and signing


February 11, Monday, Langston Hughes Library, Corona, Queens, NY — 6 PM

Book discussion with Ricky Riccardi, Director of Research Collections, Louis Armstrong House and Museum


February 14, Thursday, Prentis Hall, Columbia University, New York, NY — 7 PM

A book talk with special guests George Cables with Dwight Andrews, Farah Jasmine Griffin, Robert G. O’Meally and Salim Washington, hosted by The Center for Jazz Studies, Columbia University


February 18, Monday, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY

Book discussion


February 20, Wednesday, Detroit Public Library, Main Branch, Detroit, MI — 6–8 PM

Book discussion


February 21, Wednesday, The Cube, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit, MI — 7 PM

Book discussion and musical tribute with the Civic Jazz Orchestra


February 26, Tuesday, City Lights Booksellers,  San Francisco, CA — 7 PM

Book discussion and signing


February 27, Wednesday, Mills College, Oakland, CA — 7 PM

Dexter Gordon birthday celebration and Mills College Gala: Presentation, discussion, and book reading with Marcus Shelby and Ricki Stevenson


February 28, Thursday, Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), San Francisco, CA — 6:30–8:30 PM

Book discussion and signing. The program will include a book signing and wine + bites reception.


March 1, Friday, East Oakland Senior Center, Oakland, CA — 11 AM

Book discussion and signing at 9255 Edes Ave, Oakland, CA 94603


March 1, Friday, Marcus Books Oakland, Oakland, CA — 6:30 PM

Book discussion and signing


March 2, Saturday, African American Museum & Library, Oakland, CA — 2 PM

Book discussion and signing


March 3, Sunday, Piedmont Piano Company, Oakland, CA — 4 PM

Concert tribute and book discussion


March 10, The Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA — 3 PM

Book discussion and signing


March 14, Thursday, Octavia Books, New Orleans, LA — 6 PM

Book discussion and signing


March 19, Tuesday, NYPL for the Performing Arts, New York, NY — 7 PM

Book discussion and signing with Evan Leslie


March 27, Wednesday, Labyrinth Books, Princeton, NJ — 6 PM

Book discussion and signing


Events will continue in Europe, including Paris, Copenhagen, Amsterdam and more, from April–June 2019. Visit for event details.