Reclaiming the Fantasy Novel with Marlon James, Michael Bennett

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As people of colour in the diaspora, we’re particularly interested in stories that go beyond slavery. I’m tired of that being seen as the furthest in the past we can go or that swords and sorcery aren’t available to us.

—Marlon James, from “You have to risk going too far,” an interview with Alex Preston at The Guardian, February 17, 2019

How does a global medievalism move into Afrofuturism? How do we transcend the worlds of Tolkein and Martin as writers, as readers? What does it look like to reclaim and reinvent the fantasy novel?

Presented in partnership with the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS), award-winning author Marlon James shares the literary, historical, and cultural influences behind James’ latest novel, Black Leopard Red Wolf at Reclaiming the Fantasy Novel: A Dialogue with Marlon James on Friday, January 17, 2020 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Old Main in the Carson Ballroom at Arizona State University Tempe (400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281).

James will be joined in conversation by Michael Bennett, Associate Research Professor at the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University.

In anticipation of James visit, ACMRS will also be hosting a reading group for Black Leopard Red Wolf on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Lattie F. Coor Hall, Room 4401, Arizona State University Tempe (976 S Forest Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281).

While encouraged, RSVPs are purely for the purposes of monitoring attendance, gauging interest, and sending information and reminders ahead of the event. Seating is first-come, first-served. You do not have to register or RSVP to attend. This event is open to the public and free.