Minister Faust Enters the Kindle World with "The Alchemists of Kush"


As the publishing landscape continues to change due to the emergence of e-books, more and more professional writers are taking advantage of the new opportunities—including visionary writer Minister Faust, whose prior books The Coyote Kings of the Space-Aged Bachelor Pad and From the Notebooks of Doctor Brain were published by Del Rey. Faust is taking charge of his own future by taking on the release of his major new novel The Alchemists of Kush himself, debuting on Kindle this week.

The Alchemists of Kush is the story of two Sudanese "lost boys." Both lost fathers to civil war and mothers along the path of escape. Both boys were hunted and fell into violence to survive. Both came under the guardianship of mystic madmen who promised to transform them. One lives in Edmonton in the present-day. The other lived 7,000 years ago in the Savage Lands of the Lower Nile. In praising The Alchemists of Kush, Ishmael Reed called it “possibly the first hip hop epic.”

I caught up with Minister Faust recently to talk about the novel and his experience entering the Kindle world... Can you tell readers a little about your career path as a writer with your first two novels, both published by Del Rey?

Minister Faust: Del Rey did a terrific job pushing my first novel, The Coyote Kings. I think that the Herculean task of getting my first novel noticed was mostly the genius of Colleen Lindsay who’s since gone indie herself. I got reviews across the U.S. including in the NYT Review of Books and other major venues. I was also gratified by the response: an outpouring of praise for each book. Coyote Kings ended up on five top-ten lists and was shortlisted for three awards; Doctor Brain was the Philip K. Dick Award runner-up and the Kindred Award winner.

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The conversation between Minister Faust and Amazon is very informative. I get a lot of information about Minister Faust. Faust is one of my favorite writers.

Posted by: indesign tutorial cs5 | Friday November 18, 2011 at 8:09 AM

Minister Faust is one of my favorite writers. I like to buy his books and read these. This conversation helps me to know him clearly.

Posted by: translation company | Wednesday November 9, 2011 at 4:11 AM

I want to thank you for this informative read, I really appreciate sharing this great post. Keep up your work.

Posted by: tool steel | Tuesday November 8, 2011 at 7:44 PM

I have read the full conversation and got a lot of information. I also read the book. Great post.

Posted by: website translation | Thursday November 3, 2011 at 12:47 PM

Will your book be made available in Libraries via Overdrive?

Posted by: peter | Monday July 4, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Thanks you admin

Posted by: kameralı sohbet | Sunday June 19, 2011 at 3:26 PM

Dear MF,

I loved your first 2 books, and would like to read your latest, but I own a Kobo, not a Kindle. Any plans to publish on other eBook platforms?

KMG in Toronto

Posted by: KMG | Friday June 17, 2011 at 8:28 AM

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