In Conversation: Uwem Akpan and Helon Habila

Join the Nigerian writers as they discuss Akpan’s new novel New York, My Village.
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Uwem Akpan photo © Aaron Mayes

Uwem Akpan © Aaron Mayes.

The Nigerian authors Uwem Akpan and Helon Habila will be in conversation on Zoom to discuss the former’s new book New York, My Village. The book, which is Uwem Akpan’s debut novel, comes 13 years after his 2008 story collection Say You’re One of Them.

Published by WW Norton, New York, My Village is the story of Ekong Udousoro, a Nigerian editor who wins a publishing fellowship in Manhattan, New York City. Udousoro is exposed to both the good and bad sides of the publishing industry—as well as larger issues in the American system, including racism.

The cover of Uwem Akpan's New York, My Village.

At the same time, Udousoro’s people in Nigeria are suffering the effects of the Biafran War of 1967-70 and, in a bid to come to terms with the situation, Udousoro decides to curate a collection of stories about the war.

Event Details

The event will be hosted by City Lights on Zoom.

Date: Thursday, November 4, 2021.

Time: 6 pm PDT and 9 pm ET.

Register here.

Uzoma Ihejirika
Uzoma Ihejirika is a staff writer at Open Country Mag. He is a staff writer at Folio Nigeria. He is an editor for the AfroAnthology Series and a copy editor for Minority Africa. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming on Lolwe, Music in Africa, and Bakwa Magazine, and can also be found on Medium.

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