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Dubbed an “African Games of Thrones,” Marlon James’s transfixing new epic, Black Leopard, Red Wolf, defies all categorizations. From the Man Booker Prize-winning author of A Brief History of Seven Killings, this first novel of a forthcoming trilogy follows a mercenary’s journey to find a missing child in a magical ancient African continent. Blending myth, history, metaphysics, and psychology, James transforms the tradition of fantasy genre with a multicultural perspective to profoundly question the very nature of truth and power. Discussing the infinite possibilities of provocative storytelling, James will be joined in conversation by Roxane Gay, the trailblazing bestselling author of Bad Feminist, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, and World of Wakanda for Marvel.

Marlon James

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.

Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay is the author of the essay collection Bad Feminist, which was a New York Timesbestseller; the novel An Untamed State, a finalist for the Dayton Peace Prize; and the short story collections Difficult Women and Ayiti. A contributing opinion writer to the New York Times, she has also written for TimeMcSweeney’s, the Virginia Quarterly Review, the Los Angeles TimesThe NationThe RumpusBookforum, and Salon. Her fiction has also been selected for The Best American Short Stories 2012The Best American Mystery Stories 2014, and other anthologies. She is the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel. She has several books forthcoming and is also at work on television and film projects. Gay lives in Lafayette, Indiana, and sometimes Los Angeles.

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