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*CANCELED* An Evening of Nigerian Literature with Emmanuel Iduma

Friday Oct 11 2019 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium
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We deeply regret that, due to extreme weather conditions and the city of Winnipeg urging residents to stay off the road, this event has been canceled. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment.

Co-presented by the Winnipeg International Writers Festival as part of our collaborative Fall Literary Series. Hosted by CBC Manitoba's Ismaila Alfa

Due to circumstances beyond our control, Ayọbami Adebayọ, author of Stay with Me (Vintage), is unable to attend. We apologize for any inconvenience.

In A Stranger’s Pose (Cassava Republic Press), Emmanuel Iduma reinvents the notion of African travel writing, and takes us on a journey across over 20 African cities. His evocative prose is interspersed with over 40 striking black and white photographs by acclaimed African photographers. Known for his essays on art and photography, Iduma turns his perceptive eye on to photographs, as well as the stories he hears on his travels, and delves into questions about love, life, migration, translation, heartbreak and personal tragedy. Born and raised in Nigeria, Iduma is also the author of the novel, The Sound of Things to Come, and he teaches at the School of Visual Arts, New York.

Ismaila Alfa hosts Up to Speed on CBC Radio One 89.3 FM / 990 AM, which can be heard weekdays from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. or live streamed at He joined CBC Manitoba in 2008 as a traffic reporter and quickly became the go-to navigator of Winnipeg streets. Ismaila has also hosted CBC Manitoba’s Scene On-Air where he created a special meeting place for the arts on radio. A musician himself, he could talk to musicians, artist to artist. Most recently he spent a year and a half waking up with Manitoba on the weekends as Interim host of CBC Manitoba’s The Weekend Morning Show. Ismaila lives in Winnipeg's downtown, and is genuinely invested in this city and what happens here as he raises his two youngest daughters.


Stay with Me

- Ayobami Adebayo

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A New York Times Notable Book o "A thoroughly contemporary--and deeply moving--portrait of a marriage.... In the lineage of great works by Chinua Achebe and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie." --The New York Times Book Review
Ilesa, Nigeria. Ever since they first met and fell in love at university, Yejide and Akin have agreed: polygamy is not for them. But four years into their marriage--after consulting fertility doctors and healers, and trying strange teas and unlikely cures--Yejide is still not pregnant. She assumes she still has time--until her in-laws arrive on her doorstep with a young woman they introduce as Akin's second wife. Furious, shocked, and livid with jealousy, Yejide knows the only way to save her marriage is to get pregnant. Which, finally, she does--but at a cost far greater than she could have dared to imagine.
The unforgettable story of a marriage as seen through the eyes of both husband and wife, Stay With Me asks how much we can sacrifice for the sake of family.

A Stranger's Pose

- Emmanuel Iduma, Teju Cole, Abraham Oghobase

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Through stories remembered and imagined, and images by acclaimed photographers, A Stranger's Pose draws the reader into a world of encounters in more than a dozen African towns. Iduma blends memoir, travelogue and storytelling in these fragments of a traveller's journey across several African cities. Inspired by the author's travels with photographers between 2011 and 2015, the author's own accounts are expanded to include other narratives about movement, estrangement, and intimacy. These include: an arrest in a market in N'djamena, being punished by a Gendarmes officer on a Cameroonian highway and meeting the famed photographer Malick Sidibe in Bamako.