Sammi Jones

June 21
7 p.m.
LGBTQ, Literary

When Minnesota native Sammi Jones first tried out for the Fargo-Moorhead Derby Girls team, she could hardly stay upright on her roller skates. But with enough determination, grit, and guts, she not only made the team, she kicked some serious ass doing so. Christened Toni Crush, she quickly picked up derby lingo, honed her skills, and overcame concussions. She chronicles this daring journey in the new memoir, Derby Girl. The book isn’t just about bouts and jamming and picking a derby wife, however; it’s also an excruciatingly honest story about navigating family dynamics and new relationships, coming to terms with her sexuality, suffering the consequences of alcoholism, and struggling to make a living as a writer. With Derby Girl, Jones candidly confronts the confusion and ambiguity during a period of her life when nothing was certain except her love for skating. These days Jones, who now lives in the Twin Cities and is an assistant editor for a trade magazine, skates on the North Star Roller Girls team.d