The Alchemists of Kush

On June 15, 2011, Minister Faust's long awaited third novel, THE ALCHEMISTS OF KUSH, will be launched.

It's the story of two Sudanese "lost boys" fleeing war, oppression, violence and horrible alienation, each of whom finds a mentor to guide him towards manhood through the chaos of pain.

One lives in the streets of modern-day Kush, E-Town.

The other lived seven thousand years ago, known as Horus, son of Osiris.


You can buy the e-book instantly that day for only $2.99!

(You don't need a Kindle or any other reader. You can get the free Kindle app for your computer at

Paperback is also available for only $18 from and your local independent bookstore.




If the book hits the Kindle Top 100 on launch day, Minister Faust will donate the $500 of sales to the South Sudan Development Foundation's efforts to ship thousands of books to the Dr. John Garang Memorial University in South Sudan, which currently has no library. See

You will be able to pre-order the book in early May.



“Minister Faust’s first two books broke new ground in the SF field. His latest, The Alchemists of Kush, not only breaks new ground; with the story-telling skills of a modern griot, the Minister creates new vistas of history, mythology, erudition, uplift, tragedy, triumph, and contemporary community activism. Once you start the first page of this book, you won't be able to put it down until you’ve finished the last one.”

Charles R. Saunders
Author of Imaro

“I loved the story, the mythology, and the characters. I found myself locked into it for hours at a time and couldn't put it down. Rich in detail ...A great book.”

Kenneth T. Williams
Award-winning playwright of
Thunderstick and Three Little Birds

“A hell of a story. A hell of a book. A hell of a style. A frenetic novel and voice—very enjoyable. Minister Faust knows how to write about male relationships and brotherhoods, about getting into the hearts of men, and about boys turning into men.

"The Alchemists of Kush is a triumph, not just for Minister Faust,
but for Edmonton and the community of Kush.”

Wayne Arthurson
Award-winning author of
Final Season and Fall from Grace

“The Alchemists of Kush is both a powerful and vital contribution to Canadian literature that looks at contemporary Edmonton from an African-Canadian perspective. The characters in Minister Faust’s novel reflect the true diversity of African-Canadians living in Edmonton. Hopefully this is the beginning of more great novels from people in Edmonton that look like us that tell stories about us.”

Arlo Maverick
Politic Live

“The Alchemists of Kush is its own kind of alchemy. Composed of ancient past, gritty present, mythic fantasy, social activism, how Minister Faust blends it all is what gives the book its rare power. Reflecting the brilliance of his earlier novels, Minister Faust again strikes the perfect balance between eloquence and entertainment.

“Within the first twenty pages, I could (and did) imagine The Alchemists of Kush on the big screen. It’s got that epic sweep to it. More importantly, I kept reading (and reading – and reading) because Minister Faust knows it’s all about creating characters you’ll love. I wept at the end.”

—Mark Kozub
Author of The Uptown Browns, A Calgary Album
Founding father of the Raving Poets


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