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Marlon James: Black Leopard, Red Wolf

In this exclusive London launch, the author of A Brief History of Seven Killings discusses the first novel in his highly anticipated Dark Star trilogy with Ekow Eshun.

Drawn from vivid African history and mythology, Black Leopard, Red Wolf is a saga of breathtaking adventure and powerful intrigue – a meditation on the nature of truth and power.

It tells the story of Tracker, known far and wide for his skills as a hunter – and he always works alone. But when he is engaged to find a child who disappeared three years ago, he must break his own rules, joining a group of eight very different mercenaries working together to find the boy.

Following the lost boy's scent from one ancient city to another, into dense forests and across deep rivers, Tracker starts to wonder: who is this boy? Why has he been missing for so long? Why do so many people want to keep Tracker from finding him? And most important of all, who is telling the truth and who is lying?

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. James is currently a professor at Macalester College in St Paul.

Ekow Eshun is a writer, critic and curator, listed by Evening Standard as one of London's 1000 Most Influential People. He is Chairman of the Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group and Creative Director of Calvert 22 Foundation, an arts organisation dedicated to the contemporary culture of Eastern Europe.

Eshun is former Director of the ICA and a frequent contributor to TV and radio shows, including Saturday Review and Front Row on BBC Radio 4. His writing has appeared in publications including New York Times, Financial Times, The Guardian, The Observer and Granta. He is author of the Orwell Prize-nominated memoir Black Gold of the Sun and editor of Africa Modern: Creating the Contemporary Art of a Continent.

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