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Sidney Thompson

October 26, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Magic City Books is proud to welcome author and professor of creative writing and African American literature at Texas Christian University, Sidney Thompson for an event celebrating the 3rd and final volume of his Bass Reeves trilogy, The Forsaken and the Dead on Thursday October 26. This free event will take place in the Algonquin Room at Magic City Books at 7:00 pm.

The first two books in the Bass Reeves trilogy have been adapted for the Paramount+ miniseries Lawmen: Bass Reeves starring David Oyelowo and Dennis Quaid. The series will premier on Sunday, November 5.

The Forsaken and the Dead is available now at Magic City Books or you can order a copy online at: https://magiccitybooks.square.site/product/the-forsaken-and-the-dead/1745. All online orders will be signed and ship after Mr. Thompson’s visit on October 26.

About The Forsaken and the Dead

All heroes have fatal flaws and a moment of defining hubris, but few rise from the ashes to achieve greater heights. In 1884 Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves was arrested for murder and placed among his own prisoners in Hell on the Border, the infamous federal jail in Fort Smith, Arkansas. It was the single greatest setback of his illustrious career, but it wouldn’t be his last mistake or trial by fire.

In The Forsaken and the Dead we meet Reeves again. In the 1890s, past his prime, Reeves proceeds through the valleys and shadows of Indian and Oklahoma Territories. Despite his caution and innovations as a lawman and detective, his nation no longer seems a product of his own making–so much like his children and his marriage to Jennie. While a modern world implodes around him and demons from his past continue to haunt his present, he remains resolute in his faith that he can be a steady rider on a pale horse.

Sidney Thompson teaches creative writing and African American literature at Texas Christian University. He is the author of the award-winning Follow the Angels, Follow the Doves: The Bass Reeves Trilogy, Book One (Bison Books, 2020) and Hell on the Border: The Bass Reeves Trilogy, Book Two (Bison Books, 2021), adapted for the Paramount+ miniseries Lawmen: Bass Reeves, directed by Taylor Sheridan and starring David Oyelowo.


October 26, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


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