Marcia Douglas: Natural Herstory Remix
Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 7:00 p.m., City Light Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
In 2008, Douglas began performing Natural Herstory, a one-woman multimedia performance drawing from her poetry and fiction to explore Jamaican women's voices. Natural Herstory Remix is a continuation of that project, with a focus on The Marvellous Equations of the Dread, examining what a hybrid (fiction/poetry/one-drop beat) novel might become when given voice and stage. It is directed by University of Colorado Theatre professor Cecilia Pang.
celebrating the release of
The Marvellous Equations of the Dread
published by New Directions Books
About The Marvellous Equations of the Dread:
"Is me—Bob. Bob Marley." Reincarnated as homeless Fall-down man, Bob Marley sleeps in a clock tower built on the site of a lynching in Half Way Tree, Kingston. The ghosts of Marcus Garvey and King Edward VII are there too, drinking whiskey and playing solitaire. No one sees that Fall-down is Bob Marley, no one but his long-ago love, the deaf woman, Leenah, and, in the way of this otherworldly book, when Bob steps into the street each day, five years have passed. Jah ways are mysterious ways, from Kingston's ghettoes to London, from Haile Selassie's Ethiopian palace and back to Jamaica, Marcia Douglas’s mythical reworking of three hundred years of violence is a ticket to the deep world of Rasta history. This amazing novel—in bass riddim—carries the reader on a voyage all the way to the gates of Zion.
Marcia Douglas is the author of novels and poems and performs the one-woman show, "Natural Herstory." She teaches creative writing and Caribbean literature at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her The Marvellous Equations of the Dread was longlisted for the 2016 Republic of Consciousness Prize and the 2017 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature.