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"Blues Lyrics by Ishmael Reed" Available for Purchase Now

"Blues Lyrics by Ishmael Reed," an album of Ishmael reading lyrics backed by a blues band featuring David Murray and Ronnie Stewart, is available for purchase now on Bandcamp: 

THE SLAVE WHO LOVED CAVIAR Publishing in November

The text of Ishmael Reed's acclaimed play THE SLAVE WHO LOVED CAVIAR will publish from Archway Editions (distributed by Simon & Schuster) on November 14th, 2023. Already the subject of controversy during its original 2021-2022 run at the Theater for the New City in the East Village, Archway Editions is proud to bring you the unabridged text of THE SLAVE WHO LOVED CAVIAR, Ishmael Reed’s latest feat of research and drama, the tragedy as disturbingly real for today’s artists as it was in the 1980’s. Click here to pre-order your copy now:

Ishmael Reed to Receive Hurston/Wright Foundation Legacy Award!

On October 26th, 2023, Ishmael Reed will be honored with a lifetime achievement award from the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation in Washington, DC alongside fellow honorees Carol Anderson and Troy Johnson. Ishmael will receive The North Star Award, given once yearly to an exceptional innovator in supporting and sustaining Black literature. Read the press release here:

Ishmael Reed Essay in Politico

Politico has published a new essay by Ishmael Reed, "My Family and the Two Tennessees," about Reed’s family history and the legacy of racism in Tennessee. Click here to read the article now:

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:


Ishmael Reed's latest Audible Original, THE MAN WHO HAUNTED HIMSELF, is out now! Click here to order: 


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.: