Great time reading from Jazz Moon at the Provincetown Book Festival on September 15.
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Are You Hep to the Jive? Jazz and Literature in the Harlem Renaissance is a dual talk and concert. The talk will focus on historical fiction novel Jazz Moon by Joe Okonkwo, and select Harlem Renaissance songs will be performed by pianist Hila Kulik. Guest vocalist Candice Hoyes will perform jazz standards.
I had the pleasure of appearing on BronxNet TV to talk about the development of Jazz Moon yesterday. Take a look:
Lambda Literary has reviewed Jazz Moon. Here's a sample of what they said:
"In Jazz Moon, Okonkwo skillfully manages to encapsulate the essence of what it was to exist during that period in history when black artistic and musical culture rose to prominence in Harlem and Paris. The novel satisfies the imagination of all of us who wishes we had been a poet, musician, writer, artist, immersed in the spirit of creativity and love during the Harlem Renaissance."
A friend shared this painting with me. It's called On the Terrace and it's by the Dutch artist Nola Hatterman (1899-1984). The subject reminds me of a certain handsome trumpet player in my debut novel JAZZ MOON.
My friend Richard Stabbert in Provincetown, MA, reading JAZZ MOON.
Read It Forward has included JAZZ MOON on its list of important books for Pride Month, alongside works by E.M. Forster, Nella Larsen, Carson McCullers, Jeffrey Eugenides, and Gertrude Stein. I am very, very honored.
Really enjoyed reading at the lovely Astoria Bookshop last evening. The audience was enthusiastic and appreciative and totally into it. I had a blast reading from JAZZ MOON in my own neighborhood. Photo by Laforrest Cope.
A fan reading Jazz Moon. Yeahhhhh, baby. With Michelle Beshaw.