**Our event with Maurice Carlos Ruffin scheduled for this evening has been cancelled. Unfortunately, thunderstorms in New York and Maine have cancelled Mr. Ruffin's flight into Maine, and we have had to cancel this event. We apologize for the inconvenience, and are working with our partners to get copies of WE CAST A SHADOW signed for our customers. Thank you for your understanding.**
Saturday, July 6th, 7PM
Maurice Carlos Ruffin presents his novel WE CAST A SHADOW, sponsored by Maine Media Workshops + College and Indigo Arts Alliance
In this near-future Southern city plagued by fenced-in ghettos and police violence, more and more residents are turning to this experimental medical procedure. Like any father, our narrator just wants the best for his son, Nigel, a biracial boy whose black birthmark is getting bigger by the day. The darker Nigel becomes, the more frightened his father feels. But how far will he go to protect his son? And will he destroy his family in the process? This electrifying, hallucinatory novel is at once a keen satire of surviving racism in America and a profoundly moving family story. At its center is a father who just wants his son to thrive in a broken world. Maurice Carlos Ruffin’s work evokes the clear vision of Ralph Ellison, the dizzying menace of Franz Kafka, and the crackling prose of Vladimir Nabokov. WE CAST A SHADOW fearlessly shines a light on the violence we inherit, and on the desperate things we do for the ones we love.
For more than four decades, Maine Media Workshops has enjoyed an unparalleled reputation as one of the most inspiring places in the world to learn the art and craft of visual storytelling. Maine Media students represent 44 countries and our alumni have gone on to establish significant careers in the media arts. Maine Media students and alumni range in age from 14 in our Young Artist program, to artists in the prime of their careers, and those in their 70’s, 80’s and 90’s who continue to find inspiration here each year. The campus is located in the town of Rockport, on the beautiful Maine Coast.
Indigo Arts Alliance is a place where the arts and humanities are integrated into the fabric of everyday life. It is intended for emerging and established artists to hone their craft in shared community with other creatives of African descent with an open door to all under-represented people of color.