Tuesday, January 29th @ Ace Hotel, 600 Carondelet St - Three Keys Room
6:00-6:30PM DJ music
6:30-7:30 Maurice will read an excerpt, be interviewed by the book's editor Victory Matsui, and take audience questions
7:30-9 Booksigning, and food and drink.
“You can be beautiful, even more beautiful than before.” This is the seductive promise of Dr. Nzinga’s clinic, where anyone can get their lips thinned, their skin bleached, and their nose narrowed. A complete demelanization will liberate you from the confines of being born in a black body—if you can afford it.
In this near-future Southern city plagued by fenced-in ghettos and police violence, more and more residents are turning to this experimental medical procedure. Like any father, our narrator just wants the best for his son, Nigel, a biracial boy whose black birthmark is getting bigger by the day. The darker Nigel becomes, the more frightened his father feels. But how far will he go to protect his son? And will he destroy his family in the process?
This book is available in hardcover ($27.00).
Maurice Carols Ruffin discusses and signs his book, We Cast a Shadow, at the Ace Hotel, 600 Carondelet St - Three Keys Room.
If you are unable to attend, you must call the book shop to order signed books.