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New Album "The Hands of Grace"

Ishmael Reed's new album from Reading Group, "The Hands of Grace," is out now! Ishmael plays piano on original compositions from his play "The Slave Who Loved Caviar" and other works. Buy the album for only $10 now:


In March 2023, Ishmael Reed's newest play, THE CONDUCTOR, premiered at Theater for the New City. Now THE CONDUCTOR has been invited to return for a second three week engagement at Theater for the New City. The performances will run at 8 PM EST Thursday through Saturday, with a 3 PM EST matinee on Sunday. from August 24, -September 10, 2023. Tickets will be available at

Learn more about THE CONDUCTOR in this Broadway World feature:

The New York Review of Books Covers YELLOW BACK RADIO BROKE-DOWN

The New York Review of Books has published a feature on Ishmael Reed's acclaimed 1969 novel YELLOW BACK RADIO BROKE-DOWN by Julian Lucas! Read the article here:

Ishmael Reed's JAPANESE BY SPRING in NY Times Style Magazine

Ishmael Reed’s satirical 1993 novel JAPANESE BY SPRING is featured in the New York Times Style Magazine article “A New Class of Campus Satire” by Adam Bradley! Click here to read the article now:

Ishmael Reed receives the 2022 Anisfield-Wolf Lifetime Achievement Award!

Ishmael Reed is the recipient of the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, presented by the Cleveland Foundation! Click here to read more and watch the award announcement from Henry Louis Gates, Jr.:  

Ishmael Reed Profiled in the New Yorker

Julian Lucas has written a riveting profile of Ishmael Reed in the New Yorker! To read more about Reed's life, times, and ever-innovative and challenging work, click here:

Welcome to Ishmael Reed's Site

"Reed believes that the capricious tastes of white readers have made Black literature appear to be a revolving door of transient starts... 'Anti-racism,' he said, is 'the new yoga.' Even the diversification of major media outlets leaves him cold... he lives the strange double life as a canonical author of the twentieth century and an underground voice of the twenty-first." —New Yorker profile by Julian Lucas, 07/26/21

Ishmael Reed is the winner of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship (genius award), the renowned L.A. Times Robert Kirsch Lifetime Achievement Award and the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Award. He has been nominated for a Pulitzer and finalist for two National Book Awards; honored as Distinguished Professor Emeritus awardee of the year 2020 by the University of California at Berkeley; and is founder of the Before Columbus Foundation, which promotes multicultural American writing. The American Book Awards, sponsored by the foundation has been called The American League to the National Book Awards’ National League. He also founded PEN Oakland which issues the Josephine Miles Literary Awards. PEN Oakland has been called “The Blue Collar PEN” by The New York Times.

Ishmael Reed is the author of more than thirty titles including the acclaimed novel Mumbo Jumbo, as well as non-fiction, plays and poetry. His other novels include: The Freelance Pallbearers; Yellow Back Radio Broke Down; Flight To Canada; The Last Days Of Louisiana Red; Reckless Eyeballing; The Terrible Twos; The Terrible Threes; The Terrible Fours; Japanese By Spring; Juice!; and Conjugating Hindi.

“Great,” James Baldwin

“Great,” Sam Tanenhaus, The New York Times

“Great,” Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic Wire

A “modern-day Moliere.” Backstage

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