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Sheridan Reads Presents: Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

February 21, 2019

Sheridan Reads returns this March with a community-wide reading experience featuring celebrated author Marlon James and his new fantasy novel Black Leopard, Red Wolf.

Sheridan is thrilled to welcome the Man Booker Prize-winning writer, who will read from his new book, and also be featured in conversation with Sheridan Professor and Giller Prize-nominated author Thea Lim.

When:                  Monday, March 4, 2019 at 7 p.m.

Where:                The Marquee, Trafalgar Road Campus, 1430 Trafalgar Road, Oakville L6H 2L1

What:                   A book reading, Q&A session and book signing

While the book officially hit the shelves on February 5, 2019, critics have already been praising the surreal fantasy epic that centres on the search for a missing boy in a fictional Africa.

“[Marlon] James has spun an African fantasy as vibrant, complex and haunting as any Western mythology, and nobody who survives reading this book will ever forget it… It’s the fantasy epic everyone will be talking about.” – The Washington Post

 “Black Leopard, Red Wolf is bawdy (OK, filthy), lyrical, poignant, violent (sometimes hyperviolent), riotous, funny (filthily hilarious), complex, mysterious, and always under tight and exquisite control… A world that is both fresh and beautifully realized... Absolutely brilliant.” – The LA Times

“[Marlon] James has created two compelling and iconic characters – characters who will take their place in the pantheon of memorable and fantastical superheroes.” – The New York Times

About the Book
Black Leopard, Red Wolf is the first installment of a planned Dark Star Trilogy. Myth, fantasy, and history come together to explore what happens when a mercenary is hired to find a missing child. Drawing from African history and mythology and his own rich imagination, Marlon James has written a novel unlike anything that’s come before it: a saga of breathtaking adventure that’s also an ambitious, involving read. Defying categorization and full of unforgettable characters, Black Leopard, Red Wolf is both surprising and profound as it explores the fundamentals of truth, the limits of power, and our need to understand them both.

About the Author
Marlon James was born in Jamaica in 1970. His novel A Brief History of Seven Killings won the 2015 Man Booker Prize, making him the first Jamaican author to take home the U.K.’s most prestigious literary prize. A New York Times Notable Book, the novel was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and won the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature for fiction, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for fiction, and the Minnesota Book Award. James divides his time between Minnesota and New York and is also the author of the celebrated novels The Book of Night Women and John Crow’s Devil.

Sheridan Reads
Sheridan Reads is an extended reading event that unites students, staff and faculty with community groups, public libraries and service organizations in Mississauga, Oakville and Brampton to discuss and honour the work of writers from home and abroad.  Past authors featured in Sheridan Reads include Lawrence Hill and his work, The Book of Negroes, Tracey Lindberg, author of Birdie, and Thomas King, author of The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America. Visit the Sheridan Reads website here.


Pictured at top of page: Author Marlon James.