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Van Alen Book Club:
Black Deutschland: A Novel by Darryl Pinckney

On March 8, Van Alen Book Club will discuss Black Deutschland: A Novel by Darryl Pinckney. Join us for a conversation on how the settings of 1980s West Berlin and Chicago impact the protagonist’s identity, addiction, and architectural career. This event is open to new and returning participants.

Registration is open to new and former participants of the Van Alen Book Club. We’ll continue our tradition of providing drinks and a light dinner.

Dotun Akintoye is a Brooklyn based writer and freelance journalist whose work has appeared in such publications as Philadelphia City Paper and The Los Angeles Review of Books. He is also an editor at The Offing, a literary magazine, and at O, The Oprah Magazine.


Rin Johnson is a photo conceptual artist. Interested in the intersections of lived-space and memory, Johnson has a BFA in photography and urban planning from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Johnson has exhibited widely in exhibitions and fairs in Berlin, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, New Haven, New York, and San Francisco. Johnson teaches image literacy at BHQFU, New York’s Freest art school. Born in San Francisco, Johnson lives in Brooklyn.