Chantal James in conversation with Jessica Handler - None But the Righteous Virtual Event

Chantal James in conversation with Jessica Handler - None But the Righteous Virtual Event

Thursday, Jan 20, 2022 7:00 PM

A Cappella Books on Zoom

"In this stunning debut, James brings together several beautifully drawn characters, each of whom is working to reconcile the tensions between belonging and exile, freedom, and entrapment, while also trying to reckon with the ghosts (both literal and figurative) of the past . . . A mesmerizing story told by an impressive and captivating voice." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

A Cappella Books is delighted to welcome author Chantal James for a virtual conversation in honor of her acclaimed debut novel, “None But the Righteous,” on Thursday, January 20, 2022, at 7 PM (EST). James will appear in conversation with Atlanta’s own Jessica Handler, award-winning author of “The Magnetic Girl.

This event is free and open to the public. 

Pre-order your copy via the link below. 

About the Book

Lyrical, riveting, and haunting from its opening lines, "None But the Righteous" is an extraordinary debut that signals the arrival of an unforgettable new voice in contemporary fiction.

In seventeenth-century Peru, St. Martin de Porres was torn from his body after death. His bones were pillaged as relics, and his spirit was said to inhabit those bones. Four centuries later, nineteen-year-old Ham is set adrift from his hometown of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Hidden beneath his clothes, he wears his only valued possession: a pendant handed down from his foster mother, Miss Pearl. There’s something about the pendant that has always gripped him, and the curiosity of it has grown into a kind of comfort.

When Ham finally embarks on a fraught journey back home, he seeks the answer to a question he cannot face: is Miss Pearl still alive? Ham travels from Atlanta to rural Alabama, and from one young woman to another, as he evades the devastation of what awaits him in New Orleans. Catching sight of a freedom he’s never known, he must reclaim his body and mind from the spirit who watches over him, guides him, and seizes possession of him.

About the Author

Chantal James lives in Washington, DC, and has been published across genres--as a poet, fiction writer, essayist, and book reviewer--in such venues as Catapult, Paste Magazine, Harvard's Transition Magazine, The Bitter Southerner, and more. Chantal's honors include a Fulbright fellowship in creative writing to Morocco, and a finalist position for the Alex Albright Creative Nonfiction prize from the North Carolina Literary Review for 2019.