Arlington Reads: Marlon James | Arlington Public Library Event

Thursday, September 29, 2022 - 7:00pm

Join us for a conversation between author Marlon James and Library Director Diane Kresh about James' novel "Moon Witch, Spider King" and his Freedom Reads introduction to "Pride and Prejudice."

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.

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; please RSVP to receive the online link. 

For more information, contact LibraryPrograms@arlingtonva.us

One More Page Books will be on site for book sales and signing.

Moon Witch, Spider King (The Dark Star Trilogy #2) By Marlon James Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780735220201
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - February 15th, 2022

Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy #1) By Marlon James Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780735220188
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - February 4th, 2020

Event address: 
1015 North Quincy Street
Arlington, VA 22201