While he has in recent years been publishing excellent books on writing (The Way of the Writer) and Buddhism (Taming the Ox), National Book Award-winning author Charles Johnson has all the while kept writing stories. Tonight marks the publication of his first work of fiction in over a decade, the wonderful book of stories that is Night Hawks (Scribner). There is a deep assurance and confidence here in these stories of varying genre and setting, even as there is an artistic humility also evident. The title story, a narrative centering on his nocturnal conversations with the late August Wilson, is alone worth the price of the book. In this welcome return to the Northwest African American Museum, where he has held forth on memorable nights in the past, there is also a return to being (co-) presented by Elliott Bay, where he was one of the first writers to read in our inaugural reading series thirty-four years ago.
“This is Johnson’s fourth collection, and as before, his stories can be as morally instructive as fables, as fancifully ingenious as Twilight Zone scripts, and as elegantly inscrutable as Zen riddles.” —Kirkus Reviews.
Co-presented with the Northwest African American Museum. Free admission.