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Black Cowboy Nat Love A.K.A. Deadwood Dick Featured in Novel Paradise Sky

July 11, 2015 Leave a comment

Joe Lansdale shares his story on how he decided to write about African American cowboy Nat Love in his new novel PARADISE LOVE on the 2nd segment of the July 12 edition of KAZI Book Review on KAZI 88.7FM.  Lansdale’s interview airs immediately after the Jewell Parker Rhodes interview.

Lansdale writes in a piece for Mulholland Books how he became interested in black cowboys: “In the late 1970’s, I became intrigued with nonfiction material I read about black cowboys and soldiers in the Old West. I was surprised to find that their contribution to the West was much larger than I had been led to believe by general history books, Western novels, and films over the years. The reason for this is painful but real: Racism had hidden their contribution.”

In PARADISE SKY, Texas novelist Joe Lansdale spins the tale through a first person narative that begins with Love on the run from a lynch mob chasing him for looking at the derriere of the wife of a white man. Unable to find him, they kill his father instead. Set in the late 1800s, Love is taken in by a white farmer with progressive views on race that teaches him how to shoot and ride horses.  After the farmer’s death, he travels across the western territories with the aggrieved husband still in pursuit.  During his travels he becomes a Buffalo soldier, is befriended by Wild Bill Hickock, and ultimately has a showdown with the aggrieved husband who never stopped pursuing him.

Joe Lansdale, who lives in Nacogdoches, Texas, is the author of more than a dozen novels including the Edgar Award winning THE BOTTOMS.



Upcoming Interviews for July Feature Black Cowboy Deadwood Dick, Theologian Martin Luther, & Legendary Black Mystery Writer Walter Mosley

July 3, 2015 Leave a comment

We have an exciting mix of new fiction and nonfiction authors scheduled for KAZI Book Review in July including New York Times best selling mystery authors Walter Mosley and Ace Atkins.  Some of the topics covered by these authors include:

  • The theologian Martin Luther, who launched the Protestant Reformation in Germany breaking away from the Catholic Church in the early 1500s, in a compelling narrative focusing on his life during its most turbulent and productive time in 1521-1522 in LUTHER’S FORTRESS by author James Reston 
  • Advice for educators on how to teach students of color who live in poverty by a passionate advocate for their education inRAC(E)ING TO CLASS  by University of Pittsbuurg Professor of Education H. Richard Milner
  • The legend of African American cowboy Nat Love, better known as Deadwood Dick, brought to life through a fictional retelling of his life in PARADISE LOST, a first person narrative by award winning Texas mystery writer Joe Lansdale

Interviews for July

July 5 – Ivan G. Goldman, THE DEBTOR CLASS (fiction); David Morrell, INSPECTOR OF THE DEAD (fiction)

July 6 – James Reston, LUTHER’S FORTRESS: Martin Luther and His Reformation Under Siege

July 12 – Jewell Parker Rhodes, BAYOU MAGIC (children’s fiction-middle grade); Joe Lansdale, PARADISE SKY (fiction)

July 13 – H. Richard Milner, RAC(E)ING TO CLASS: Confronting Poverty and Race in Schools and Classrooms

July 19 – Ace Atkins, THE REDEEMER (fiction) and ROBERT B. PARKER’S KICKBACK (fiction)

July 20  – James McGrath, EYE ON THE STRUGGLE: Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press 

July 26 – Neely Tucker, MURDER, D.C. (fiction); Victoria Schorr, BADLANDS (fiction)


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