Author Reading: Tales of the Astonishing Black Spark by Charlie J. Eskew

Join us at City Lit Books on Saturday, March 16th, 2019 at 5:00 pm for reading from Tales of the Astonishing Black Spark with author Charlie J. Eskew.

Trapped in a dead-end job in his Ohio hometown, watching the girl of his dreams move on to a glamorous new life in a big city--Donald McDougal's aimlessness has held him back for a long time. When a lightning strike grants him superhuman powers, he jumps at his chance to finally be somebody. But the new abilities and the pursuit of superheroic fame come with a price tag, and it may not be one he can afford.

This wry debut is at once a fanboy's homage to the history of superhero storytelling in America and a keen-eyed satire of those same stories, raising questions about race and privilege that are becoming impossible to ignore.

You’d need lightning to combine the satire of Paul Beatty, the rueful humor of Lorrie Moore, the deranged superheroes of Charles Yu, and the twenty-first-century inheritance of Invisible Man—and then you’d have Charlie J. Eskew’s Tales of the Astonishing Black Spark, a funny, nerdy, and biting look at race and contemporary life, celebrity, and power. Buy it for the superheroes; read on for the humor and the wisdom. This is a rich and furious debut novel.”
Daniel A. Hoyt, author of This Book Is Not for You and Then We Saw the Flames

Charlie J. Eskew is a writer from Columbus, Ohio. He is a professional comic book shop lurker and tenured Black dude in America. Please satisfy your unnatural obsession with him via Twitter @CJEskew or his website,


Event date: 
Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 5:00pm
Event address: 
City Lit Books
2523 N. Kedzie Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60647
Tales of the Astonishing Black Spark Cover Image
ISBN: 9781941360163
Availability: Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Lanternfish Press LLC - September 4th, 2018