An Evening of Nigerian Literature with Ayobami Adebayo and Emmanuel IdumaFriday Oct 11 2019 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium
Ayọbami Adebayọ is the author of Stay with Me (Vintage), a layered and astute exploration of love and family amid political upheaval. It was shortlisted for the Kwani? Manuscript Project, the Baileys Prize for Women’s Fiction, and the Wellcome Book Prize. It was also longlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize and the International Dublin Literary Award. Stay with Me was named a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times and a Best Book of the Year by The Guardian, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal and others. It has been published or is forthcoming in nineteen languages.
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 cbc.ca/manitoba. 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.
- by Ayobami Adebayo
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A New York Times Notable Book
Shortlisted for the 2017 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction
One of the Best Books of the Year: NPR, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Chicago Tribune, BuzzFeed, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Post, Southern Living, The Skimm
Shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize and the 9mobile Prize for Literature
Longlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize
A 2017 BEA Buzz Panel Selection
A Belletrist Book-of-the-Month
A Sarah Jessica Parker Book Club Selection
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.
- by Emmanuel Iduma
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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.