Edward Ball

Edward Ball is the author of six books, including his most recent, Life of a Klansman, and Slaves in the Family, which won the National Book Award. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship this year. (May 2023)

‘Tell Your Story, Omar’

‘Tell Your Story, Omar’

A new, Pulitzer Prize–winning opera adapts the memoir of Omar ibn Said, an African Muslim who spent much of his life enslaved in North Carolina.


an opera by Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels, at the Spoleto Festival, Charleston, May 27–June 12, 2022; the Los Angeles Opera, October 22–November 13, 2022; Carolina Performing Arts, Chapel Hill, February 25–26, 2023; the Boston Lyric Opera, May 4–7, 2023; and the San Francisco Opera, November 5–21, 2023

May 25, 2023 issue

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