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Virtual event with James Whiteside/Center Center
Join Anderson's Bookshops for a virtual event with author James Whiteside to celebrate the release of his new book, Center Center!  James will be in conversation with Misty Copeland.

"Exquisitely raw, hilarious, and fresh . . . Center Center shows there's a place in the world for anyone who's ever felt lost, misunderstood, or outrageously passionate." --Misty Copeland, American Ballet Theatre principal dancer and New York Times bestselling author of Life in Motion



Please note that we can only ship to US addresses!  Please choose the ticket that includes shipping if you would like your book mailed to you.


More about the book:

A daring, joyous, and inspiring memoir-in-essays from the American Ballet Theatre principal dancer-slash-drag queen-slash-pop star who's redefining what it means to be a man in ballet

There's a mark on every stage around the world that signifies the center of its depth and width, called center center. James Whiteside has dreamed of standing on that very mark as a principal dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre ever since he was a twelve-year-old blown away by watching the company's spring gala. The GLAMOUR. The VIRTUOSITY. The RIPPED MEN IN TIGHTS

In this absurd and absurdist collection of essays, Whiteside tells us the story of how he got to be a primo ballerino--stopping along the way to muse about the tragically fated childhood pets who taught him how to feel, reminisce on ill-advised partying at summer dance camps, and imagine fantastical run-ins with Jesus on Grindr. Also in these pages are tales of the two alter egos he created to subvert the strict classical rigor of ballet: JbDubs, an out-and-proud pop musician, and hu Betch, an over-the-top drag queen named after Yoohoo chocolate milk.

Center Center is an exuberant behind-the-scenes tour of Whiteside's triple life, both on- and offstage--a raunchy, curious, and unapologetic celebration of queerness, self-expression, friendship, sex, creativity, and pushing boundaries that will entertain you, shock you*, inspire you, embolden you . . . and maybe even make you cry.

*THIS IS NOT A BOOK FOR CHILDREN.

About the author:


James Whiteside (alter egos JbDubs and Uhu Betch) is a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre, a pop star, and a member of the NYC-based drag posse the Dairy Queens, which also includes RuPaul's Drag Race alum Milk. He has choreographed for music videos, commercials, film, and ballet, and in 2018, he starred in Arthur Pita's dance/theater work The Tenant at The Joyce Theater in New York City. Whiteside also hosts his own popular podcast, The Stage Rightside with James Whiteside. His song and music video I Hate My Job has been featured in The New York Times, Huffington Post, MTV, Billboard, and more.


Misty Copeland is a Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre. She made history in 2015 when she became the first Black woman to be promoted to that position with ABT. She is also a bestselling author, entrepreneur and philanthropist.

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