Wednesday, July 27, 7pm – Fiction
The Black Women’s Arts Festival Presents
Kola Boof author of THE SEXY PART OF THE BIBLE ($15.95 Akashic)
“Boof spins surrealism, sci-fi, racial politics, feminism, religious debate, postcolonial theory, and more into a thought-provoking, suspenseful novel that manages to keep intriguing characters afloat in a roiling sea of crazy rhetoric.” —Publishers Weekly
“Kola Boof is a natural storyteller who turns cliches on their heads. There may be a surprise lurking at the end of any sentence and the prose and the story of The Sexy Part of the Bible rush by with the urgency, anger, and irony of a writer with important things to say.” –Mark Kurlansky, best-selling author of Salt: A World History
“If disagreement, even outrage, is the price of enlightenment on sensitive matters like race, then reading Kola Boof’s book The Sexy Part of the Bible is essential therapy for understanding our society and its likely fate.” –Derrick Bell, author of Faces at the Bottom of the Well
Set in modern West Africa, Europe, and the U.S., and featuring the kind of heroine readers rarely get to encounter in popular culture–beautiful charcoal-skinned Eternity, a spirited and diabolical young African hellcat whose life is stigmatized by a heart-stopping secret–The Sexy Part of the Bible is an erotically astute novel filled with mystery and adventure. Enveloped in the arms of a domineering Fela Kuti-type rap star and revolutionary named Sea Horse Twee, Eternity finds herself miraculously surviving several African rebellions–and in the interim, she powerfully unmasks the science of cloning, which becomes a powerful metaphor in the story. Written with the lush musicality of North African classics, The Sexy Part of the Bible is guaranteed to stay on your mind long after you’ve put it down.
Kola Boof is the author of several novels and poetry collections, including Flesh and the Devil and Nile River Woman. Her writing has appeared in Harper’s and the story collection Politically Inspired. Her autobiography, Diary of a Lost Girl, was published in 2006. She has been interviewed by MSNBC, FOX News, and CNN; and has been featured in TV Guide, Time, etc the New York Post, and the New York Times. She lives in Southern California.