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Black Women in Fantasy

Location MahoganyBooks Anacostia, 1231 Good Hope Road, SE, Washington, DC.
Date Saturday, March 18, 2023 at 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Duration   1 hours, 30 minutes
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MahoganyBooks is thrilled to host award-winning authors Veronica G. Henry, Leslye Penelope & Nicole Glover for a magical night celebrating black women in Fantasy. Leslye & Nicole will lead the conversation as they discuss Veronica's latest book, The Foreign Exchange.

  • 6 PM - Doors Open | 6:30 PM Conversation Begins
  • Masks optional throughout event.

About the book: A Vodou priestess turned amateur sleuth investigating a ritual murder is embroiled in an insidious case of corruption that reaches beyond the shadows of New Orleans.

After solving a crime blamed on Vodou in New Orleans's French Quarter, Vodou priestess turned amateur detective Reina Dumond has returned to her benevolent work as a healer. But when her friend and enigmatic client Evangeline "Vangie" Stiles comes to her for a spell, Mambo Reina quickly realizes what Vangie really needs is a sleuth.

Something is amiss in the Stileses' marriage. Five thousand dollars has inexplicably appeared in the bank account Vangie shares with her scam-artist husband, Arthur, and she smells trouble. So does Reina. Especially when her investigation into Arthur's likely new con leads to murder. Considering the manner of death and the signs on the victim's body, Reina recognizes it for what it is: ritual magic of the vodouisant kind.

As Reina digs deeper, she encounters a conspiracy exploiting vulnerable youth--one of whom may have abilities just like hers. With the help of her friends Darryl and Tyka, Reina must hone her ever-evolving skills to uncover a mystery that reaches further than she imagined.

About the authors: Veronica G. Henry is the author of Bacchanal and, in the Mambo Reina series, The Quarter Storm and The Foreign Exchange. Her work has debuted at #1 on multiple bestseller charts and was chosen as an editors’ pick for Best African American Fantasy. She is a Viable Paradise alum and a member of SFWA and the MWA. Her stories have appeared, or are forthcoming, in the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and FIYAH literary magazine.

Leslye Penelope has been writing since she could hold a pen and loves getting lost in the worlds in her head. She is an award-winning fantasy and paranormal romance author. Her novel Song of Blood & Stone was chosen as one of TIME Magazine's 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time. Equally left and right-brained, she studied filmmaking and computer science in college and sometimes dreams in HTML. She hosts the My Imaginary Friends podcast and lives in Maryland with her husband and furry dependents.

Nicole Glover is the author of The Murder and Magic series, which includes The Conductors and The Undertakers. A UX researcher from Virginia, she believes libraries are magical places and that problems seem small with a cup of tea on hand.

  • Event guidelines are subject to change.
  • Please email us at at least 14 days in advance at [email protected] should you need any accommodations to attend this event
  • Parking is limited. Ridesharing highly encouraged.
  • Photographs may be taken during the event WITHOUT FLASH.
  • Please tag us and use #mahoganybooks, #blackbooksmatter, #theforeignexchange #blackwomeninfantasy on social media.

-- Let's have an amazing afternoon, The MahoganyBooks Team

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