Beyond Bars: Imagining Legal Transformation Through Fiction

February 2024

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Event Details

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

New York Law School
185 West Broadway,
New York, NY 10013


Please join us for a panel discussion with award-winning author Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah about his critically acclaimed book Chain-Gang All-Stars and Liliana Segura—award-winning investigative journalist at The Intercept.  The panel, moderated by NYLS Professor Britney Wilson, will examine how fiction shows us the creative possibilities for transformative justice. 

About the Book: Loretta Thurwar and Hamara “Hurricane Staxxx” Stacker are the stars of Chain-Gang All-Stars, the cornerstone of CAPE (Criminal Action Penal Entertainment), a highly-popular, highly-controversial, profit-raising program in America’s increasingly dominant private prison industry. Moving from the Links in the field to the protestors to the CAPE employees and beyond, the book is a kaleidoscopic, excoriating look at the American prison system’s alliance of systemic racism, unchecked capitalism, and mass incarceration, and a reckoning with what freedom in this country really means from a “new and necessary American voice” (Tommy Orange, The New York Times Book Review).

About the Author: Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah is the New York Times best-selling author of the short story collection Friday Black and the novel Chain-Gang All-Stars. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous publications, including GuernicaCompose: A Journal of Simply Good WritingPrinter’s RowGravel, and The Breakwater Review, where he was selected by ZZ Packer as the winner of the 2nd Annual Breakwater Review Fiction Contest. He is from Spring Valley, NY. He graduated from SUNY Albany and received his M.F.A. from Syracuse University.

Civil Rights and Disability Justice Clinic
Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Wilf Impact Center for Public Interest Law
Student Organizations: National Lawyers Guild and Womxn of Color Collective

Consider purchasing Chain-Gang All-Stars from our partner book vendor for this event, Yu and Me Books, which is the first female Asian-American owned bookstore in NYC, and a community space that focuses on immigrant stories and writers of color. Pre-order at When checking out, you can select direct shipment, pick up at Yu and Me Books, or pick up at the event.