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Met Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah & Colson Whitehead BorderKitchen


In een dubbelinterview wordt ruim de aandacht gegeven aan het nieuwe boek van de meeslepende verhalenverteller Colson Whitehead. De jongens van Nickel duikt in het diep-conservatieve Florida van de vroege jaren zestig. Het is een boek over de burgerrechtenbeweging en sadistische kostschooldocenten, en bovenal over opgroeien met een arm op de rug gebonden.


Hiernaast komt ook het debuut van Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah aan bod. Friday Black is een een collectie korte verhalen die zich afspeelt in een dystopische toekomst waarin Nana tal van controversiële onderwerpen de revue laat passeren: racisme, politiegeweld en high school shootings. Na afloop kun je je boeken laten signeren.


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Colson Whitehead is the epitome of American literature. His subjects span ages as well as an entire continent. Whether it be poker, New York City or a small fictional town falling under the spell of the pharmaceutical industry, Whitehead captures it through his compelling style and pointed world view. He is a prime stylist – one of those authors who make you forget there is a master at work, simply for his captivating storytelling skills. His latest novel is called The Nickel Boys (published by Atlas Contact,) plunging deep into Jim Crow-era Florida: a book about the civil rights movement, sadistic boarding school teachers, and above all, about growing up with one hand tied behind your back.


Colson Whitehead (1969, New York) is one of the most distinguished authors of our time. The Underground Railway won him the 2017 Pulitzer Prize.


Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah published countless short stories, in pretty much any major American journal. Friday Black (also published by Atlas Contact) is his first-ever collection, compiled of short stories set in a dystopian future. His characters are the broadest possible reflection of contemporary Afro-American society. Nana broaches many controversial subjects: racism, police violence, high school shootings, alternately dissecting his subject matter or chopping it up, but mostly letting his readers figure out for themselves what on earth they think and feel about all this.


Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (1991, Spring Valley) is an American author of short fiction. Friday Black is his first work to be published in book form.


During this special double BorderKitchen both authors will be interviewed in English about their work and novels. After the interview the authors will be available to sign books. Our favourite bookseller De Vries Van Stockum Den Haag is also present with Dutch and English copies of the books.

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