Sunday, December 14, 2014 at the Harlem Arts Salon at 2:30pm
Marlon James and James Brandon Lewis: A Reading, Performance, and Conversation with Ifeona Fulani, Moderator
Two of the most exciting young artists working today Marlon James and James Brandon Lewis, are our special guests on December 14th at 2:30pm. Mr. James will read from his new book, Jr. Lewis will play some of the tunes on his new CD, and Ms. Fulani will talk to each about his artistry.
You don’t want to miss this one, I’m telling you! I mean we always try to give you something great to chew on, but when I read The New York Times critic, Michiko Kakutani glowing review of James’s most recent novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings, I was like, “Whoa, let me get a hold of that right now!” And honestly, I have been nailed to my seat ever sense. Whew!
So then, on our way home after a furious road trip from the Furious Flower Literary Conference at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where Quincy got a Lifetime Achievement Award (yaaaayyyy, Quincy!) we popped in Divine Travels, a new CD by the insanely soulful saxophonist, James Brandon Lewis. Honey, I’m telling you chills ran all over my body! I played that thing non-stop until we reached our lodgings in Bethlehem, PA, where we read our rengas at “Witness Downtown Rising Renga” Film Screening and Poetry Reading at Steel Stacks.
Interviewing these two immensely gifted human beings is the beautiful, brainy creative writer, Ifeona Fulani, who teaches in the Global Liberal Studies Program at New York University. Her research interests include Caribbean literature and cultures and Black British literature.
Her novels include: Ten Days in Jamaica, published in 2012), and Seasons of Dust (1997), as well as stories published in the Beacon’s Best anthology series, in Small Axe, and in Black Renaissance Noire. Her scholarly articles and essays have been published in journals such as Small Axe, Anthurium and Frontiers: A journal of Women’s Studies.
Books and CDs by our guests will be on sale at this historic Sunday afternoon in Harlem. Bring your friends. You won’t find a better way to celebrate the holidays!
Proceeds from this event help fund The Gloster Project (www.theglosterproject.org)