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Volume 8, Issue 11  |  February 7, 2023Subscribe

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Newport Beach Public Library presents an evening with Nabil Ayers, author, musician and music industry titan

The Newport Beach Public Library (NBPL) has announced a Meet the Author event with Nabil Ayers, an exceptional storyteller who has written about music and race for publications includingThe New York Times, NPR, Rolling Stone, GQ andThe Root.

Ayers will speak about his new book,My Life in the Sunshine, a memoir about one man’s journey to connect with his musician father, ultimately redefining what family really means on Wednesday, Feb. 1 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Central Library Friends Room.

Newport Beach Public Library Ayers

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Nabil Ayers

Book synopsis: In 1971, a white, Jewish, former ballerina, chose to have a child with the famous Black jazz musician Roy Ayers, fully expecting and agreeing that he would not be involved in the child’s life. In this highly original memoir, their son, Nabil Ayers, recounts a life spent living with the aftermath of that decision, and his journey to build an identity of his own despite and in spite of his father’s absence.

My Life in the Sunshineis a five-star rated memoir, an Amazon editor’s pick andOprah Dailypick. 

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Ayers will speak about his new memoir,“My Life in the Sunshine”

Books will be available for purchase and the signing is courtesy of Creating Conversations. Seating is limited for this event due to room capacity. Registration is strongly suggested. To reserve your spot, click here.

Funding is generously provided by Friends of the Library.

Newport Beach Central Library is located at 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. For more information, visit


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