Alex Jennings

Biography

Alex Jennings’s writing has appeared in podcastle, The Peauxdunque Review, Obsidian Lit, the Locus-Award-winning Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia Butler, and in numerous anthologies including New Suns: Speculative Fiction by People of Color, New Suns 2, and Africa Risen. His speculative poetry review column, “Chapter and Verse,” appears regularly in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. He received the inaugural Imagination Unbound Fellowship to the Under the Volcano guided writing retreat in 2022. Jennings served as MC and co-producer of the popular literary readings series, Dogfish, from 2014 until 2020.
 


Schedule

11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
State Capitol, House Committee Room 2
Discussion
Enchanted Worlds: Reimagined Fairytales and Everyday Magic
with Alex Jennings, Mary McMyne, and moderator Fatima Shaik

Noon to 12:45 p.m.
Cavalier House Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


The Ballad of Perilous Graves

"A wild and wonderful debut, teeming with music, family and art...This book is gorgeously written, with prose I wanted to eat off the page."New York Times

Music is magic in this vibrant and imaginative debut novel set in a fantastical version of New Orleans where a battle for the city's soul brews between two young mages, a vengeful wraith, and one powerful song.

Nola is a city full of wonders. A place of sky trolleys and dead cabs, where haints dance the night away and Wise Women help keep the order. To those from Away, Nola might seem strange. To Perilous Graves, it’s simply home.

In a world of everyday miracles, Perry might not have a talent for magic, but he does know Nola’s rhythm as intimately as his own heartbeat. So when the city’s Great Magician starts appearing in odd places and essential songs are forgotten, Perry realizes trouble is afoot.

Nine songs of power have escaped from the piano that maintains the city’s beat, and without them, Nola will fail. Unwilling to watch his home be destroyed, Perry will sacrifice everything to save it. But a storm is brewing, and the Haint of All Haints is awake. Nola’s time might be coming to an end.

Put on your dancing shoes and enjoy this song for New Orleans, the city of music, magic, and dreams.

"A beautiful song full of magic and rhythm, darkness and delight.” —Christina Henry

"A hallucinatory wonder of a debut. Brimming with language and music, this phantasmagoric novel taps the deep root of multi-cultural, multi-racial life in, and beyond, New Orleans." ―Walter Mosley

"Funny, wild, witty, and profound. The Ballad of Perilous Graves is the debut of a cosmic storm of talent.”―Victor LaValle

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