Mashpee author takes us on a journey to The Bronx in 'jazz poetry' styled novel, as a part of Black History Month.
MASHPEE- Mashpee Public Library presents a reading and signing of the novel LAND of the BLACK SQUIRRELS: A Bronx Boheme Novel, by local author, Mwalim (Morgan James Peters). The reading will take place on Friday, February 28, at 3 PM at the Mashpee Public Library, 64 Steeple St, Mashpee, MA 02649. The presentation is free and open to the public.
LAND of the BLACK SQUIRRELS is book one of The Bronx Boheme series, and was published earlier this month by Thirty-three Pages of Plymouth, MA. Described as a Hip-Hop Jazz folktale, the story is set in a section of the north east Bronx called 'The Valley', where the squirrels have black fur. The tale begins in 1969 when a jazz drummer leaves his desk job at the parks department to open an arts academy in The Valley, sparking the roots of an underground arts movement.
Mwalim, who is a long-time part of the regional arts and education community, is a multi award-winning, interdisciplinary artist and scholar. A member of the Grammy nominated band The GroovaLottos and a tenured professor of English & Communications and Black Studies at UMass Dartmouth, this is his first novel.
Written in the 'jazz poet' style, that grew out of the Harlem Renaissance, and was further cultivated during the Black Arts Movement of the 1960's; Bronx Boheme began as a storytelling serial, that was first performed at the Nuyorican Poet's Cafe in New York City back in 2003; with an early version performed in Cambridge at a Brother Blue storytelling session in 1993.
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