Dinsdag 10 September 2019
Kwame Adjei-Brenyah - An evening with one of America's most astonishing new voices
Dinsdag 10 September 2019 20:00
Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (American writer with Ghanaian roots). These are turbulent times. Echoes from a dark past ring louder and louder, old-fashioned racism is being packaged as conservatism and the White House is inhabited by a reality TV star. Now, perhaps more than ever, fiction offers new perspectives. The internationally acclaimed debut, Friday Black, by the American writer Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah is not so much written about, but perhaps more so, for this time. His stories remind us of sci-fi shows like Black Mirror and The Handmaid’s Tale. In twelve surreal, satirical and razor-sharp stories Adjei-Brenyah analyzes racism in America and denounces the culture of excess in our consumer-driven society. He shows what it is like to be young and black in America. Renowned writers Roxane Gay, Colson Whitehead and George Saunders are raving about Adjei-Brenyah and the book has been labeled as one of the best books of 2018, according to the Guardian and Time Magazine. Following the publication of the Dutch translation of Friday Black, we are organizing a special evening with the American writer. Led by moderator Clayde Menso (CEO of Amerpodia) we’ll talk to Adjei-Brenyah about his artistic process, the social themes that he exposes in his stories and how (dystopian) fiction can be used to analyze our society.