Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Friday Black) discusses his highly-acclaimed collection of short stories with Ron Charles, book critic and feature writer at The Washington Post. Readings from the work will be interspersed throughout the conversation. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.
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Why should you attend?
“I can’t remember the last book that has moved, unsettled, inspired me the way Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s Friday Black did. From challenging the reader’s unconscious biases through a narrator who rates his ‘Blackness’ on a 1-10 scale, to creating a semi-speculative thought experiment in which racism is treated as a cultural pastime, these are stories in which the satirical humor cuts as deep as its gritty violence.”—Lauren Christensen, The New York Times
“An unbelievable debut, one that announces a new and necessary American voice.”—Tommy Orange, New York Times Book Review
“An excitement and a wonder: strange, crazed, urgent and funny.”—George Saunders
“Dark and captivating and essential… A call to arms and a condemnation… Read this book.”—Roxane Gay
“For literature to bring forth such an astonishing new voice as Nana K. Adjei-Brenyah’s—tender and furious, wise and wise-assed—marks a major leap forward for us all… This is the fiction debut of the year, and I can’t cheer it loudly enough. Bravo, young man. We await your encore.”—Mary Karr
Friday Black was named one of 2018’s Best Books by:
New York Times, TIME, Elle, Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, Guardian, BuzzFeed, Newsweek, Harper’s Bazaar, Nylon, Boston Globe, Southern Living, O, the Oprah Magazine,Chicago Tribune, The Verge, The Root,Vulture, Philadelphia Inquirer, The Millions, New York Observer, Literary Hub, Color Lines,PopSugar, PEN America, The Rumpus, BookPage, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the CBC, Longreads, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Library Journal, The Big Issue, Chicago Public Library, My Domaine, Locus Magazine,Bookish, Read It Forward, Entropy Magazine, WAMC, Hudson Booksellers, and The Seattle Review of Books