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Virtual Event – Keisha Bush
April 6, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Magic City Books is proud to welcome Keisha Bush for a virtual event in celebration of her debut novel, No Heaven for Good Boys on Tuesday April 5 at a special 5:00 pm CT start time. Joining Keisha in conversation will be Jean Kwok, bestselling author of Girl in Translation, Mambo in Chinatown, and Searching for Sylvie Lee.
Set in Senegal, No Heaven for Good Boys is a modern-day Oliver Twist, a meditation on the power of love, and the strength that can emerge when we have no other choice but to survive.
Keisha recently moved to Tulsa as part of the Tulsa Remote program.
This free event will be hosted on the Zoom platform and Facebook Live. To register in advance for the event on Zoom visit: https://magiccitybooks.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4eaT6i48SGuZSP_LC6iD4Q.
After registering you will receive a confirmation email with details on how to join the event on Tuesday April 6 at 5:00 pm CT.
No Heaven for Good Boys is available now at Magic City Books. All copies sold in store and online will be signed by Keisha and can be shipped anywhere in the United States. To purchase online visit: https://magiccitybooks.square.site/product/no-heaven-for-good-boys/474.
About No Heaven for Good Boys
Six-year-old Ibrahimah loves snatching pastries from his mother’s kitchen, harvesting string beans with his father, and searching for sea glass with his sisters. But when he is approached in his rural village one day by Marabout Ahmed, a seemingly kind stranger and highly regarded teacher, the tides of his life turn forever. Ibrahimah is sent to the capital city of Dakar to join his cousin Étienne in studying the Koran under Marabout Ahmed for a year, but instead of the days of learning that Ibrahimah’s parents imagine, the young boys, called Talibé, are forced to beg in the streets in order to line their teacher’s pockets.
To make it back home, Étienne and Ibrahimah must help each other survive both the dangers posed by their Marabout, and the darker sides of Dakar: threats of black-market organ traders, rival packs of Talibé, and mounting student protest on the streets.
Drawn from real incidents and transporting readers between rural and urban Senegal, No Heaven for Good Boys is a tale of hope, resilience, and the affirming power of love.
Keisha Bush was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. She received her MFA in creative writing from The New School, where she was a Riggio Honors Teaching Fellow, and recipient of an NSPE Dean’s Scholarship. She has received fellowships from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Residency, the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland, Moulin a Nef in France, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Vermont Studio Center. After a career in corporate finance and international development that brought her to live in Dakar, Senegal, she decided to focus full-time on her writing. Her debut novel, No Heaven for Good Boys, is a New York Times Editors’ Choice. She currently lives in Tulsa, OK.
Jean Kwok is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of Girl in Translation, Mambo in Chinatown, and Searching for Sylvie Lee, which was a Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club pick and an instant New York Times bestseller. Her work has been published in twenty countries and is taught in universities, colleges, and high schools across the world. She has been selected for numerous honors, including the American Library Association Alex Award, the Chinese American Librarians Association Best Book Award and the Sunday Times Short Story Award international shortlist. She received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and earned an MFA from Columbia University. She currently lives in the Netherlands.