Litquake & MoAD present | Tope Folarin: A Particular Kind of Black Man

Museum of the African Diaspora and Litquake present

Caine Prize recipient Tope Folarin reads from and discusses his debut novel, A Particular Kind of Black Man, which follows Tunde Akinola, a child of Nigerian immigrants for whom small-town Utah has never felt like home. His ever-optimistic father clings to his American dream, while Tunde’s mother, lonely in Utah without family and friends, sinks deeper into schizophrenia, and after a harrowing episode that lands them in a homeless shelter, she flees to Nigeria. A beautiful and poignant exploration of the meaning of memory, manhood, home, and identity, as seen through the eyes of a first-generation Nigerian-American. In conversation with Sarah Ladipo Manyika.

Tope Folarin is a Nigerian-American writer based in Washington, DC. He won the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2013, and was shortlisted once again in 2016. He was also recently named to the Africa39 list of the most promising African writers under 39. He was educated at Morehouse College and the University of Oxford, where he earned two Masters degrees as a Rhodes Scholar.

Sarah Ladipo Manyika is a writer, academic and overall lover of stories. She was raised in Nigeria and has lived in Kenya, France, Zimbabwe and England. Her bestselling debut novel, In Dependence, was required reading in a number of high schools and universities around the world. Her second novel, Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun, was shortlisted for the UK’s Goldsmith Prize and the California Book Award and has been translated into several languages. Her nonfiction includes personal essays and intimate profiles of people she meets, from Mrs Harris (https://medium.com/thrive-global/mondays-with-mrs-harris-f3d2d9874d8e) to Toni Morrison (On Meeting Toni Morrison on JSTOR and Michelle Obama https://granta.com/on-meeting-mrs-obama). Sarah was Founding Books Editor of Ozy Books and a long-time lecturer at San Francisco State University. She was also a former Board Director of MoAD, and currently serves on the Board of the women’s writers residency, Hedgebrook.

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