Black History Month, LIVE from NYPL: Writing Marvel's Black Panther: Sins of the King

Date and Time
February 25, 2021
Event Details

Co-authors of the new Serial Box exclusive discuss joining forces in the Marvel Universe.

Featuring: Steven Barnes, Tananarive Due, and Nic Stone

Marvel's Black Panther: Sins of the King book coverIn the new Black Panther: Sins of the King, the Black Panther has a terrible secret. T’Challa strives for excellence—to be a fair and worthy king, a global citizen, an Avenger. But when an army of undead threatens Wakanda, the Black Panther turns to his long-lost father in the fight against his most lethal opponent yet—the demons of his past.

This serialized standalone Black Panther story was collaboratively co-created by multiple authors taking turns writing different chapters. They will discuss that process—and how they landed on the end result.

LIVE from NYPL is made possible by the support of Library patrons and friends, as well as by the continuing generosity of Celeste Bartos, Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos and Adam Bartos, and the Margaret and Herman Sokol Public Education Endowment Fund.

If  you have an NYPL library card—or live in New York state and want to apply for one now—you can borrow Marvel's Black Panther: Sins of the King for free with our e-reader app SimplyE, available for iOS and Android devices. 

This program will be streamed live on Zoom and simulcast to YouTube. You must register with your email address in order to receive the link to participate. Please check your email shortly before the discussion to receive the link. Captions for this event will be provided. If you miss registration, join us on YouTube to watch at 8 PM ET. 

Steven Barnes is a New York Times bestselling author, screenwriter, and educator who has written more than thirty science fiction, fantasy, and horror novels. The NAACP Image Award winner has also written for The Outer Limits, The New Twilight Zone, Stargate SG-1, Andromeda, and Ben 10: Alien Force. He has been nominated for Hugo, Nebula, and Cable Ace Awards. Barnes has lectured at UCLA, Mensa, Pasadena JPL, taught at Seattle University, hosted the “Hour 25” radio show on KPFK, and has been Kung Fu columnist for Black Belt Magazine. An avid yogi and martial artist with three black belts, Steven is also a pioneer in the human potential movement, creating the groundbreaking “Lifewriting” creativity system, making writers the heroes of their own stories.

Tananarive Due is an award-winning author who teaches Black Horror and Afrofuturism at UCLA. She is an executive producer on Shudder's groundbreaking documentary Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror. She and her husband/collaborator Steven Barnes wrote "A Small Town" for Season 2 of The Twilight Zone on CBS All Access. A leading voice in black speculative fiction for more than 20 years, Due has won an American Book Award, an NAACP Image Award, and a British Fantasy Award, and her writing has been included in best-of-the-year anthologies. Her books include Ghost Summer: Stories, My Soul to Keep, and The Good House. She and her late mother, civil rights activist Patricia Stephens Due, co-authored Freedom in the Family: a Mother-Daughter Memoir of the Fight for Civil Rights.

Other books by tonight's speakers:
Lion’s Blood, by Steven Barnes | NYPL Catalog; Bookshare
My Soul to Keep, by Tananarive Due | NYPL Catalog; Bookshare; SimplyE
Shuri: A Black Panther Novel, by Nic Stone | NYPL Catalog; talking book; SimplyE

​Tananarive Due also recommends:
Parable of the Sower, by Octavia Butler | NYPL Catalog; Braille, digital, and talking books; SimplyE
An Unkindness of Ghosts, by Rivers Solomon | NYPL Catalog; Talking book; SimplyE

More Black Panther:
Black Panther: World of Wakanda, by Roxane Gay | NYPL Catalog
Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, by Ta-Nehisi Coates | NYPL Catalog; SimplyE


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