MASTER OF POISONS
Master of Poisons is a major new fantasy novel, a story of a place in which poison land eats away at farmland, where water is not to be trusted, where an evil wind blows. The novel features a spymaster of the lord of the Arkysian Empire, now exiled, who tries to save his country from afar; and a young woman training to be a griot in a world in which not all conjure is good, and it is not wise to trust others. Master of Poisons offers a fascinating world of folkloric magic where courage and resourcefulness are required to survive, a world whose condition resonates with our own.
Andrea Hairston is Louise Wolff Kahn Professor of Theatre and Professor of Africana Studies at Smith College. She is the artistic director of Chrysalis Theatre and has created original productions with music, dance, and masks for over thirty-five years. Her plays have been produced at Yale Rep, Rites and Reason, the Kennedy Center, StageWest, and on Public Radio and Television. She has translated plays by Michael Ende and Kaca Celan from German to English. Ms. Hairston has received many playwriting and directing awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts Grant to Playwrights, a Rockefeller/NEA Grant for New Works, an NEA grant to work as dramaturg/director with playwright Pearl Cleage, and a Shubert Fellowship for Playwriting.