Tuesday, November 2
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
The Gallery Bar (120 Orchard Street, New York, NY)
E.C. Osondu’s story “Waiting”—picked out of the slush pile and published by Guernica in 2008—went on to win the 2009 Caine Prize, Africa’s leading literary prize.
This election night, please join Guernica in celebrating the launch of Osondu’s exhilarating debut collection, Voice of America, published by HarperCollins. In the tradition of Wole Soyinka, Nadine Gordimer, J.M. Coetzee, and Chinua Achebe (all patrons of the Caine Prize), Osondu’s stories are wise, soul-stirring, and deeply compelling. In electrifying prose, he articulates the struggles of Nigerian immigrants in America, and refugees, villagers, and expatriates in Africa. Voice of America marks the beginning for a brave and remarkable new voice in African literature.
The event is free. Books will be available for sale and signing.
More about Voice of America:
“E.C. Osondu is a man with a clear head and a great ear, writing from crucial places.”—Jonathan Franzen, author of Freedom and The Corrections
“With observant wonder and subtle humor, [Osondu] portrays our unique capacity for hope and hopelessness rolled together.”—Mary Gaitskill, author of Bad Behavior and Veronica
*Summary provided by HarperCollins