Opening Night: An Evening with Nobel Laureate Abdulrazak Gurnah

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Join us for Tanzanian novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah’s first U.S. appearance since his momentous Nobel Prize win last October, when the Swedish academy lauded him for “his uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee in the gulf between cultures and continents.” An author of 10 critically acclaimed novels, including Paradise (1994), Gravel Heart (2017), and Afterlives (2020), Gurnah has been amplifying, rewriting, and centering subjugated histories for the entirety of his career. His vital writing chronicles Africa on the brink of change while drawing light on the legacies and consequences of European colonialism. This very special opening night event celebrating Gurnah’s body of work and its place within a vibrant and rich canon of African literature, features readings, performances, and conversation with Booker Prize-shortlisted novelist Nadifa Mohamed, Windham Campbell Literature Prize winner Aminatta Forna, acclaimed actor Esau Pritchett, Sudanese American musician Alsarah, and others. ASL interpretation provided by Pro Bono ASL.

To purchase tickets to the live stream of this hybrid event, click here.

Following this event, please present your ticket at the After Party at Carroll Place, 157 Bleecker Street at 8:30 p.m.

headshot of Alsarah
headshot of Esau Prichett
Esau Pritchett
Abdulrazak Gurnah headshot
Abdulrazak Gurnah
Nadifa Mohamed headshot
Nadifa Mohamed
Aminatta Forna headshot
Aminatta Forna