We're excited to announce the reissue of Henry Dumas's collection of short stories, Echo Tree, to be published in May 2021.
Championed by Toni Morrison and Walter Mosley, Henry Dumas’s fabulist fiction is a masterful synthesis of myth and religion, culture and nature, mask and identity. From the Deep South to the simmering streets of Harlem, his characters embark on real, magical, and mythic quests. Humming with life, Dumas’s stories create a collage of midcentury Black life, interweaving religious metaphor, African cosmologies, diasporic folklore, and America’s history of slavery and systemic racism.
Dumas's life was cut brutally short when he was murdered by a New York City Transit Officer on May 23rd, 1968 at the age of thirty-three. Fifty-two years later, the circumstances of his death mirror the same acts of police brutality against Black people that we witness today. Echo Tree offers both contemporary and historical relevance in its exploration of Black life in America and the threats that white supremacy poses to Black livelihood. We are humbled by the opportunity to reissue this critical work of one of the Black Arts Movement's most forceful thinkers.
The 2021 edition of Echo Tree will feature a new introduction by award-winning writer John Keene and stunning original cover art by Gail Anderson. It's available for preorder today!
In the meantime, we've made the full text of the 2003 edition of Echo Tree available for free to ensure this important work remains accessible.