(WASHINGTON, DC) March 22, 2023— It’s so easy to take water for granted until it’s gone. For author and activist Papi Kymone Freeman, the best approach to explain the global water crisis was after his trip to Africa, when he decided to write a fictional book using Marvel-like superheroes to tell the story of climate change, global warming and the privatization of water. NINEVEH (pronounced ni·nuh·vuh) is a historical fiction novel about a conflict over water set in the future in a post-oil-depleted dystopian society. NINEVEH novel releases on March 22, 2023 - World Water Day.
“I spent the summer in Nairobi, Kenya, with a fellowship from the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker organization dedicated to service, where we were forced to use bottled water to brush our teeth,” said Kymone Freeman, author of NINEVEH. “I saw people collecting water where goats were drinking. I saw parents feed babies Coca-Cola in their bottles because the soda was safer than the available water. Today, we see the water crisis even in America, from the Flint water crisis to now in Jackson, Mississippi.”
In NINEVEH, old cities are now underwater as a result of climate change, and new cities have emerged. A massive global drought combined with an epic contamination of the world’s limited fresh water supply combined with the privatization of the remaining unpolluted aquifers has created a crisis of biblical proportions. As a result, water has been priced beyond the affordability of the masses, forcing them to collect rainwater, which constitutes as the new contraband. With a mind-altering drug introduced into the limited public supply, few resisters dared to defy the ultimate fascist system.
The Resistance is led by Ndbele, a gifted teacher and sage. His daughter, Evolon, is his greatest warrior, and Bethlehem is his most trusted ally. NINEVEH is ruled ruthlessly by Nimrod, the head of the Global Water Corporation that has a stronghold on the world’s water market. He has only one weakness, his nymphomaniac son Saisir.”
After reading NINEVEH, Shaka King, director of the five-time Oscar-nominated film Judas & the Black Messiah, expressed the importance of this body of work. "There is great utility to escapist art. But this novel threads the needle pretty damn well by refusing to not acknowledge trauma just to make a piece of entertainment."
NINEVEH is available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books A Million, Walmart and independent bookstores Mahogany Books, Sankofa Books, Busboys and Poets Books and at ninevehnovel.com. The paperback edition is $23.99 and hardcover for $29.99. The publisher is Strong Arm Press - an independent publishing house dedicated to progressive issues and activism.
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The publisher is Strong Arm Press - an independent publishing house dedicated to progressive issues and activism.
Author, papi kymone freeman in conversation with The Hurston/Wright Foundation Executive Director, Dr. Ali-Coleman to discuss the writing process an character development for NINVEH.