"What Even Is This?" Discovering Surrealist Fiction with Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
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About the Event
In his New York Times bestselling novel Friday Black, Hermitage Fellow Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah creates a series of short stories that simultaneously feel like a dystopian future and a case study of our present moment. This surreal quality leaps off the page from start to finish as the stories swerve between both startlingly familiar and shockingly strange landscapes. Hear from the author about the importance of “beginnings” and how this has shaped his work.
Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah Bio:
Hermitage Fellow Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyahis the New York Times-bestselling author of Friday Black. Originally from Spring Valley, NY, he graduated from SUNY Albany and went on to receive his MFA from Syracuse University. His work has appeared or is forthcoming from numerous publications, including The New York Times Book Review, Esquire, Literary Hub, The Paris Review, Guernica, and Longreads. He was selected by Colson Whitehead as one of the National Book Foundation's “5 Under 35” honorees, and he is the winner of the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, as well as a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Award for Best First Book and the Aspen Words Literary Prize.