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Here is a cool literary event to attend if you’re in the neighborhood.

What: Jonny Steinberg presents his book, A Man of Good Hope, in conversation with Dinaw Mengestu

Where: Greenlight Bookstore (686 Fulton Street, at S. Portland, in Fort Greene)

When: Thursday, January 15, 7:30 PM

Refreshments: Complimentary Tusker Lager will be served.

About A Man of Good Hope:

In January 1991, when civil war came to Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, two-thirds of the city’s population fled. Among them was eight-year-old Asad Abdullahi. His mother murdered by a militia, his father somewhere in hiding, he was swept alone into the great wartime migration that scattered the Somali people throughout sub-Saharan Africa and the world. South African journalist Jonny Steinberg tells Asad’s story in his book A Man of Good Hope, from his teen years as a street hustler to his love and marriage, and his ambitious journey to Johannesburg, South Africa to make his fortune.

Steinberg is the recipient of one of the inaugural Windham Campbell Prizes for nonfiction; his reading is introduced by Michael Kelleher, the director of the Windham Campbell Prizes at Yale.

Dinaw Mengestu is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship among many other literary honors. His new novel, which appeared on many “best of the year” lists, is All Our Names.

 

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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