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Marlon James discusses 'Black Leopard, Red Wolf'
Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, 7 – 8:15 p.m.
Marlon James discusses 'Black Leopard, Red Wolf'
WhereCentral Library
Room LocationLevel 1 - Microsoft Auditorium
AudienceAdults
LanguageEnglish
SummaryJoin us to hear Man Booker Prize-winning author Marlon James discuss his new series where myth, fantasy, and history come together to explore what happens when a mercenary is hired to find a missing child.
DescriptionAbout the Book
The epic novel, an African Game of Thrones, from the Man Booker Prize-winning author of A Brief History of Seven Killings.

Tracker is known far and wide for his skills as a hunter: "He has a nose," people say. Engaged to track down a mysterious boy who disappeared three years earlier, Tracker breaks his own rule of always working alone when he finds himself part of a group that comes together to search for the boy. The band is a hodgepodge, full of unusual characters with secrets of their own, including a shape-shifting man-animal known as Leopard.

As Tracker follows the boy's scent he starts to wonder: Who, really, is this boy? Why has he been missing for so long? Why do so many people want to keep Tracker from finding him?

Drawing from African history and mythology and his own rich imagination, James has written a novel unlike anything that's come before it: a saga of breathtaking adventure that's also an ambitious, involving read.

About the Author
Marlon James is the author of the New York Times bestseller A Brief History of Seven Killings, The Book of Night Women, and John Crow's Devil. A Brief History of Seven Killings won the Man Booker Prize, the American Book Award, and the Anisfield-Wolf Award for Fiction, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Book of Night Women won the Minnesota Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as the NAACP Image Award. A professor at Macalester College in St. Paul, James divides his time between Minnesota and New York.

Praise
“Black Leopard, Red Wolf is the kind of novel I never realized I was missing until I read it. A dangerous, hallucinatory, ancient Africa, which becomes a fantasy world as well-realized as anything Tolkien made, with language as powerful as Angela Carter's. It's as deep and crafty as Gene Wolfe, bloodier than Robert E. Howard, and all Marlon James. It's something very new that feels old, in the best way. I cannot wait for the next installment.” —Neil Gaiman

“This book begins like a fever dream and merges into world upon world of deadly fairy tales rich with political magic. Black Leopard, Red Wolf is a fabulous cascade of storytelling. Sink right in. I guarantee you will be swept downstream.” —Louise Erdrich

“A sprawling, epic fantasy... Fuses mythology, fantasy, and African history into a sensual, psychological triumph.” —Esquire
View in Catalog"Black Leopard, Red Wolf" by Marlon James
NotesLibrary events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsor Gary Kunis, and media sponsor The Seattle Times, and presented in partnership with Northwest African American Museum and Elliott Bay Book Company. Books will be available for purchase at the event.
PodcastThis event will be recorded for podcast.
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