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Last October, Sisonke Msimang’s debut memoir Always Another Country was published by Jonathan Ball Publishers in South Africa. The account of her “exile childhood in Zambia and Kenya, young adulthood and college years in North America, and returning to South Africa in the euphoric 1990s” has drawn resonant praise. Baileys Prize-longlisted novelist Yewande Omotoso called it “a deep call for fierce courage in the face of hypocrisy and compassion when faced with our shared humanity.” Njabulo S. Ndebele said that it “kindles a new fire on our store of memoir.”

Last month, she was profiled in The Wall Street Journal. To promote the book, she has been touring different countries. This month, she kicked off the North America leg of the tour, which will see her read in New York City and Minneapolis in the U.S. and in Toronto and Montreal in Canada.

You can attend the events if you’re nearby.

Monday, 24th September – Toronto

In Conversation with Vicky Mochama at the Toronto Reference Library

6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, 26th September – New York

In Conversation with Rachel Poser at Book Culture (in conjunction with Harpers Magazine)

7:00 p.m.

Thursday, 27th September – New York

In Conversation with Sean Jacobs, founder of Africasacountry in the Starr Foundation Hall at The New School

7:00 p.m.

Friday, 28th September – Minneapolis

A conversation on women and transformation at the East Side Freedom Library

7:00 p.m.

Sunday, 30th September – Kingston Writers Festival, Montreal

Home in any country moderated by Barbara Bell

2:00 p.m.

Sisonke Msimang won the inaugural Brittle Paper Award for Essays. She chairs the judging panel of the Gerald Kraak Prize. Her second book, The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela, is out next month from Jonathan Ball Publishers.

Keep up with Sisonke Msimang’s events HERE.

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Otosirieze is deputy editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize. He is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined English and History at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is completing a postgraduate degree in African Studies, and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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