Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah in Conversation with Clint Smith

  • June 6, 2023

The author of Chain-Gang All-Stars comes to DC on Thurs., June 8th, at 7 p.m.!

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah in Conversation with Clint Smith
Loretta Thurwar and Hamara Hurricane Staxxx Stacker are the stars of Chain-Gang All-Stars, the cornerstone of CAPE, or Criminal Action Penal Entertainment, a highly popular, highly controversial, profit-raising program in Americas increasingly dominant private prison industry. Its the return of the gladiators, and prisoners are competing for the ultimate prize: their freedom.

In CAPE, prisoners travel as Links in Chain-Gangs, competing in death-matches for packed arenas with righteous protestors at the gates. Thurwar and Staxxx, both teammates and lovers, are the fan favorites. And if all goes well, Thurwar will be free in just a few matches, a fact she carries as heavily as her lethal hammer. As she prepares to leave her fellow Links, she considers how she might help preserve their humanity, in defiance of these so-called games, but CAPEs corporate owners will stop at nothing to protect their status quo and the obstacles they lay in Thurwars path have devastating consequences...

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