Music Matters Book Tours

See Andrew Chan and Lynnée Denise on Book Tour!

Why Mariah Carey Matters by Andrew Chan

We are so proud of our Music Matters series and recent publications like Allyson McCabe’s Why Sinéad O’Connor Matters and Steacy Easton’s Why Tammy Wynette Matters. This week, we’re celebrating two brand new additions to the series: Lynnée Denise’s queer, Black “biography in essays” in Why Willie Mae Thornton Matters, and Andrew Chan’s critical examination of the legacy of a pop superstar in Why Mariah Carey Matters, and both authors have incredible book tours!


This stellar little series brings concise books to bookshelves that make outsize arguments for the meaning and legacy of a wide range of popular artists like Stephanie Phillips’ Why Solange Matters, Caryn Rose’s Why Patti Smith Matters, and Why Bushwick Bill Matters by Charles L. Hughes. These short, sharp polemics make the musical, cultural, experiential, and personal case for the artists we love, all filtered through the consciousness of writers of distinction working in music criticism, journalism, academia, and literature.

Check out where authors Andrew Chan and Lynnée Denise will be discussing their books across the U.S. and around the world this fall! Both brand new books in the Music Matters series publish today, September 12! Grab your copy from any of the wonderful event hosts below, or wherever you get your books!

Why Willie Mae Thornton Matters Book Tour Dates

Lynnée Denise, photo by Ajamu

In Why Willie Mae Thornton Matters, Lynnée Denise “samples” elements of Thornton’s art—and, occasionally, her own story—to create “a biography in essays” that explores the life of its subject as a DJ might dig through a crate of records.

Lynnée Denise is an artist, writer, and DJ. She was the Sterling Brown ’22 Distinguished Visiting Professor of Africana Studies at Williams College, and she is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Visual Culture at Goldsmiths, University of London. You can catch her on her global book tour on the dates below!

Thursday, September 21

6:00 pm PT

Friday, September 22

7:00 pm PT

Thursday, September 28

4 pm ET

Tuesday, October 3

6:30 pm ET

Thursday, October 5

7:30 pm CET

Tuesday, October 10

7 pm CET

Tuesday, October 11

12 pm CET

Wednesday, October 18

7 pm CT

Tuesday, October 24

7 pm CET


Lynnée Denise with Lynell George

Octavia’s Bookshelf |

1361 N Hill Ave Pasadena, CA 91104


Lynnée Denise with Morgan Rhodes & Oliver Wang

Skylight Books |

1818 N Vermont Ave Los Angeles, CA 90027


Lynnée Denise at the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University |

96 Waterman Street, Providence, RI 02912


Lynnée Denise with Saul Williams & Tamar-kali

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture |

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture 515 Malcolm X Blvd New York, NY 10037


Lynnée Denise with Simone Zeefuik

Bijlmerpark Theater |

Anton de Komplein 240, 1102 DR Amsterdam, Netherlands


Lynnée Denise with Melissa Laveaux

Un Livre et Une Tasse de Thé |

36 Rue René Boulanger, 75010 Paris, France


Lynnée Denise with Melissa Laveaux

La Flèche d’Or |

102 Bis Rue de Bagnolet, 75020 Paris, France


Lynnée Denise with Zella Palmer

Dillard University |


Lynnée Denise with Dante Ross

Popular Music Books in Process |

Why Mariah Carey Matters Book Tour Dates

Andrew Chan, photo by Grant Delin

Why Mariah Carey Matters examines the creative evolution and complicated biography of a true diva, making the case that, despite her celebrity, Carey’s musicianship and influence are insufficiently appreciated.

Andrew Chan writes regularly about music, film, and books for 4Columns. His work has also been published by the Criterion Collection, Film Comment, NPR, the New Yorker, and Reverse Shot. You can catch him on book tour at the cities below!

Thursday, September 14

7:30 pm ET

Friday, September 28

5:00 pm PT

Tuesday, September 29

7 pm PT

Friday, October 6

5 pm ET

Saturday, October 21

5 pm ET

Tuesday, October 24

7 pm ET


Andrew Chan with Lindsay Zoladz

Greenlight Bookstore |

686 Fulton St Brooklyn, NY 11217


Andrew Chan with Aisha Harris

Book Passage (Ferry Building Store) |

One Ferry Building 42 San Francisco, CA 94111


Andrew Chan with Molly Lambert

Book Soup |

8818 Sunset Boulevard West Hollywood, CA, 90069


Andrew Chan with Christina Lee

Criminal Records with A Capella Books |

1154-A Euclid Avenue, NE Atlanta, Georgia 30307


Andrew Chan with a special guest TBA

Solid State Books |

600 H Street NortheastWashington, DC, 20002


Andrew Chan with Brittany Spanos

Asian American Writers’ Workshop |