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Tragic Magic Book Tour


Wesley Brown — author of the forthcoming Tragic Magic, originally published in 1978, and edited by Toni Morrison during her time at Random House — is heading out on a virtual, cross-country US book tour. Kirkus calls this novel “a prescient ancestor to today’s insurgent, boundary-breaching African American fiction… {Tragic Magic} deserves rediscovery by a new generation of readers curious about where an earlier generation of Black protest came from and how they came through its challenges.”

Tragic Magic is a tremendous affirmation. One hell of a writer.”
James Baldwin

“(W)onderfully wry.”
Donald Barthelme

“Wesley Brown’s Tragic Magic is an underrated classic in the vein of my favorite albums. This is a book worth holding close and hugging hard. There has been much talk about the literary foreparents to hip-hop culture and for my money Brown has to take his place alongside the likes of the Black Arts Movement, The Nuyoricans, Piri Thomas, and Julius Lester. Pick this one up and ride alongside a masterful storyteller.”
Nate Marshall, author of Finna: Poems

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To purchase Tragic Magic, click here.

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April 21, 7:00 p.m. EST
The Strand Bookstore presents Wesley Brown in conversation with National Book Award finalist Edwidge Danticat

May 3, 7:30 p.m. EST
Skylight Books presents Wesley Brown in conversation with Douglas Kearney. (Login details to follow)

June 14, 7:30 PM EST
Greenlight Books presents Wesley Brown in conversation with Reginald Dwayne Betts. (Login details to follow)

Check back soon for more event details.