Event: Teju Cole presents Known and Strange Things, 9 August 2016, New York

Book Launch: Teju Cole presents Known and Strange Things
In conversation with Amitava Kumar

St. Joseph’s College
Brooklyn, NY

Tuesday, August 9, 7:30 PM

Tickets $20.00 (includes event admission and a book)

tejucole2Since the publication and critical success of both Open City in 2011 and Every Day Is for the Thief in 2014 (both of which he presented at Greenlight), Teju Cole has emerged as one of the most powerful and original voices in contemporary literature and commentary. His first book of essays, Known and Strange Things, offers more than fifty nonfiction pieces spanning politics, place, history, literature, photography, and art.

Coles experience as a Nigerian American artist from Brooklyn to Brazil to Europe is an open window on the interconnected contemporary world, and his seemingly infinite artistic and cultural interests illuminate experiences and spark new curiosities. Persuasive and provocative, erudite yet accessible, Known and Strange Things is a chance to see the world in surprising and affecting new frames.  Cole discusses his work and explorations with essayist and novelist Amitava Kumar, author of Lunch with a Bigot: The Writer in the World. Book signing to follow.

Each $20 ticket includes admission to the event, as well as a copy of Known and Strange Things; books are distributed at the event.

Get tickets here.


About Teju Cole:
TEJU COLE was born in the United States in 1975 and raised in Nigeria. He is the author of Every Day Is for the Thief, which was a finalist for the PEN Open Book Award, named one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by Dwight Garner in the New York Times, and Open City, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Internationaler Literaturpreis, the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the New York City Book Award, and was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His photography has been exhibited in India, Iceland, Italy, and the United States. He is Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College and the photography critic of the New York Times Magazine. He writes frequently for many publications, including The New Yorker and The Guardian.



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  1. In anticipation of Teju Cole's nonfiction debut - This Is Africa Lifestyle

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