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Madison Smartt Bell: The Witch of Matongé (In Conversation with Jane Delury)

The Ivy is looking forward to celebrating the newest novel from Madison Smartt Bell, The Witch of Matongé! This novel is published by the Concord Free Press, and is free of charge. We are pleased to note that Jane Delury will join Madison in conversation.

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Madison Smartt Bell is the author of twelve novels, including The Washington Square Ensemble (1983), Waiting for the End of the World (1985), Straight Cut (1986), The Year of Silence (1987), Doctor Sleep (1991), Save Me, Joe Louis (1993), Ten Indians (1997)  and Soldier's Joy, which received the Lillian Smith Award in 1989.  Bell has also published two collections of short stories: Zero db (1987) and Barking Man (1990).  In 2002, the novel Doctor Sleep was adapted as a film, Close Your Eyes, starring Goran Visnjic, Paddy Considine, and Shirley Henderson.  Forty Words For Fear, an album of songs co-written by Bell and  Wyn Cooper and inspired by the novel Anything Goes,was released by Gaff Music in 2003; other performers include Don Dixon, Jim Brock, Mitch Easter and Chris Frank. 

Bell's eighth novel, All Soul's Rising, was a finalist for the 1995 National Book Award and the 1996 PEN/Faulkner Award and winner of the 1996 Anisfield-Wolf award for the best book of the year dealing with matters of race. All Souls Rising, along with the second and third novels of his Haitian Revolutionary trilogy, Master of the Crossroads and The Stone That The Builder Refused, is available in a uniform edition from Vintage Contemporaries.  Toussaint Louverture: A Biography, appeared in 2007.  Devil's Dream, a novel based on the career of Nathan Bedford Forrest, was published by Pantheon in 2009.  In 2020 he published Child of Light: A Biography of Robert Stone, and edited The Eye You See With: Selected Non Fiction of Robert Stone. His last novel is The Witch of Matongé.

Born and raised in Tennessee, he has lived in New York, Haiti, Paris and London and now lives in Baltimore, Maryland.  A graduate of Princeton University (A.B 1979) and Hollins College (M.A. 1981), he has taught in various creative writing programs, including the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars. Since 1984 he has taught at Goucher College, along with his wife, the poet Elizabeth Spires. 

Jane Delury’s novel HEDGE is forthcoming in 2023 from Zibby Books. She is the author of The Balcony (Little, Brown) which won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in GrantaThe Sewanee ReviewThe Southern Review, and other publications and received a PEN/O.Henry Prize. She directs the BA in English at the University of Baltimore and teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts program.






Event Details

Tuesday, June 21, 2022 - 6:00pm


The Ivy Bookshop - Back Patio, 5928 Falls Rd, Baltimore, MD 21209

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