The Bookstore in Lenox will be celebrating the publication of Wesley Brown’s new novel and audio book, “Dance of the Infidels,” on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, at 5:30.
This long-awaited story collection from Wesley Brown summons up the smoky clubs and gritty streets of a long-gone New York City, one that moved in the frenetic rhythms of jazz. A more innocent city fueled by cool, not money. We meet Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Coleman Hawkins, Cab Calloway, and many giants of the era in these sharply observed, carefully intertwined stories. In Brown’s deft hands, these legends become real – like we’ve never seen them before.
Jazz has circled throughout the Brown’s work, but now it takes the main stage in this collection of eight unpublished stories. Find out why James Baldwin called Brown “one hell of a writer,” and why so many other younger writers find deep inspiration in the novels and stories of this master storyteller.
Wesley Brown is an acclaimed novelist, playwright, and teacher. He worked with the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party in 1965 and became a member of the Black Panther Party in 1968. In 1972, he was sentenced to three years in prison for refusing induction into the armed services and spent 18 months in Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary. For 27 years, Brown was a much-revered professor at Rutgers University, where he inspired hundreds of students, including novelist Junot Diaz. He currently teaches literature at Bard College at Simon’s Rock and lives in Chatham, New York.
For information, call The Bookstore at 413-637-3390, or go to www.bookstoreinlenox.com.