Arlington Reads: Marlon James
An Arlington Reads Signature Author Event.
Join us for a conversation between author Marlon James and Library Division Chief Peter Petruski about James' novel "Moon Witch, Spider King" and his Freedom Reads introduction to "Pride and Prejudice."
The conversation will be followed by an audience Q&A and a book signing.
RSVP for an event reminder. Attendance is first-come, first-served until seating capacity is reached.
The event will also be livestreamed on Arlington County's Youtube channel; RSVP to receive the online link.
Livestream Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmsYmMAoUuM
For more information, contact LibraryPrograms@arlingtonva.us
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About the book
In "Black Leopard, Red Wolf," Sogolon the Moon Witch proved a worthy adversary to Tracker as they clashed across a mythical African landscape in search of a mysterious boy who disappeared. In "Moon Witch, Spider King," Sogolon takes center stage and gives her own account of what happened to the boy, and how she plotted and fought, triumphed and failed as she looked for him. It's also the story of a century-long feud - seen through the eyes of a 177-year-old witch - that Sogolon had with the Aesi, chancellor to the king. It is said that Aesi works so closely with the king that together they are like the eight limbs of one spider. Aesi's power is considerable--and deadly. It takes brains and courage to challenge him, which Sogolon does for reasons of her own. Part adventure tale, part chronicle of an indomitable woman who bows to no man, it is a fascinating novel that explores power, personality, and the places where they overlap.
About the author
Marlon James was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1970. He graduated from the University of the West Indies in 1991 with a degree in Language and Literature, and from Wilkes University in Pennsylvania in 2006 with a Masters in creative writing. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota and teaches English and creative writing at Macalester College. In 2018 Marlon James received an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. In April 2019 he was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2019 in the Pioneers category.