Join Fall for the Book to hear from Marlon James, who has won high praise for his Dark Star Trilogy—which Entertainment Weekly describes as “drenched in African myth and folklore.”

The first book, Black Leopard, Red Wolf, was a finalist for the National Book Award, and was named one of TIME’s 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time. Now James is back with the second installment, Moon Witch, Spider King, which flips the story on its head, retelling it from the Moon Witch’s perspective—a tale that’s “part adventure tale, part chronicle of an indomitable woman who bows to no man.”

Salman Rushdie praises the sequel, saying it’s “a fabulist reimagining of Africa, with inevitable echoes of Tolkien, George R.R. Martin, and Black Panther.”

This event is supported in part by a grant from Virginia Humanities.

Vanessa Adkins, right, is apprenticing under her cousin Jessica Canaday Stewart learning the finer points of traditional Chickahominy dancing. Photos taken at the Fall Festival and Pow Wow in Charles City on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.

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