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A brief history of seven killingsMarlon James Jamaica-born Marlon James is the author of the acclaimed novel The Book of Night Women, winner of the 2010 Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and John Crow’s Devil, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His latest novel delves into the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in the late 1970s. Jam on the VineLaShonda Katrice BarnettLaShonda Katrice Barnett is the author a short story collection titled Callaloo and is the editor of I Got Thunder: Black Women Songwriters on Their Craft. Her debut novel, Jam! On the Vine, tells the story of a courageous woman who founds a black newspaper in the Jim Crow-era Midwest. Into the Go-SlowBridgett M. DavisBridgett M. Davis is the author of Shifting through Neutral, a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Her work has appeared in many publications, including the Washington Post, Essence, and O, The Oprah Magazine. Into the Go-Slow follows a young woman from Detroit to Nigeria as she mourns the death of her sister. Parkway Central Library 1901 Vine Street Philadelphia, PA 19103 (between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway) This is a FREE event; no tickets or reservations are required. For more information, please call 215-567-4341, or click here
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Greenlight is proud to partner with Mosaic Magazine, a tri-annual publication devoted to the literary arts of the African diaspora, and ringShout, a group dedicated to recognizing, reclaiming and celebrating excellence in contemporary literary fiction and nonfiction by black writers in the United States, to host an evening of amazing new works by black writers. Chicago-born, New York City-based writer and teacher Jeffery Renard Allen is the author of the novel Rails Under My Back, the story collection Holding Pattern, and two collections of poetry. His new novel Song of the Shank, praised by Ishmael Reed and Junot Diaz, is the story of Thomas Wiggins, AKA Blind Tom, a legendary 19th-century black pianist who has been largely erased from the history books. Bridgett Davis is a founder of ringShout as well as the books editor at Bold As Love Magazine; her debut novel, Shifting Through Neutral, was a finalist for the 2005 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Her new novel Into the Go-Slow begins in 1986 Detroit and follows its 21-year-old protagonist on a journey to Lagos, whose infamous go-slow traffic provides the background for her search for the radical legacy of her deceased sister; the novel has been highly praised by Ayana Mathis, Tayari Jones and Chris Abani. Join us for an evening of celebration.
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A.X. Ahmad, The Last Taxi Ride, and Bridgett Davis, Into the Go-Slow
NYC taxi driver Ranjit Singh has 10 days to prove his innocence…
Bollywood film icon Shabana Shah has been murdered, her body found in the apartment where Ranjit ate dinner mere hours before. Ranjit’s fingerprints are all over the murder weapon, a statue of the elephant god Ganesh used to grotesquely smash the actress’ beautiful face. Caught on film leaving the apartment alone, Ranjit is accused by the NYPD as an accessory to murder.
Ranjit’s only credible alibi is Shabana’s Indian doorman, but he has vanished. With a Grand Jury arraignment looming in 10 days, and Ranjit’s teenage daughter about to arrive from India, he must find the doorman. His search through the underbelly of New York leads to the world of high-end nightclubs, and to Jay Patel, a shady businessman who imports human hair. As the search for the true killer reveals layers of Shabana Shah’s hidden past, Ranjit does not know whom to trust. He can rely only on his army training, his taxi-driver knowledge of New York, and his cabbie friends.
With time quickly running out, can Ranjit clear his name before his fare is up?
A.X. Ahmad was raised in India, educated at Vassar College and M.I.T., and has worked as an international architect.
He is the author of The Caretaker (2013), the first in a trilogy from St. Martin’s Press featuring ex-Indian Army Captain Ranjit Singh. His second book, The Last Taxi Ride, about the murder of a Bollywood actress, was published in June 2014. He is at work on the third book, The Hundred Days.
In 1986 Detroit, twenty-one-year-old Angie passes time working in a mall and watching sitcoms with her mom. But beneath the surface, she is consumed by thoughts of her sister’s death years earlier in Nigeria. Ella had introduced Angie to Black Power and a vision of returning to Africa. On impulse, Angie travels to Lagos and begins to retrace Ella’s steps. Against a backdrop of the city’s infamous go-slow — traffic as wild and unpredictable as a Fela lyric — she uncovers some harsh truths. For anyone who has wished to be of a different era, this book captures the pain of living vicariously and the exhilaration of finding yourself.
Bridgett M. Davis's debut novel, Shifting through Neutral, was a finalist for the 2005 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Davis is the books editor at Bold As Love Magazine, an online black-culture site, and her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Essence, O, The Oprah Magazine, and TheRoot.com, among other publications.
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