ONE BOOK, ONE NIGHTSTAND
Wednesday, October 19th 7-9pm
with Okey Ndibe and his new memoir:
Never Look An American In the Eye:
A Memoir of Flying Turtles, Colonial Ghosts, and the Making of a Nigerian American
"I don't get it, what does a Tampa Reader* have to do?
FIrst: Everybody BUY the same book at Inkwood Books (no exceptions, here) You may pre-order now to ensure a seat at the event and a book**.
Second: Everybody READ the same book
Third: Everybody ATTEND the book talk and signing with Okey Ndibe at Robert Saunders Library***
*If you don't understand the joke, just ask a bookseller about the Amy Schumer incident.
**Books go on sale October 4th...plenty of time for you to read it or at least part of it before the event.
***PARKING is limited at the library. Please plan to park at B.T. Washington Elementary School adjacent to the library at 1407 E Estelle St, Tampa, FL 33605.
A portion of all proceeds will benefit the Ada T. Payne Friends of the Library and Bess the Book Bus
About the author: Okey Ndibe first came to the US to act as founding editor of African Commentary, a magazine published by Chinua Achebe. He has taught at Brown University, Connecticut College, Simon's Rock College, Trinity College, and the University of Lagos (as a Fulbright scholar). He is the author of two novels, Arrows of Rain and Foreign Gods, Inc., and his award-winning journalism has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Hartford Courant. Mr. Ndibe lives in West Hartford, Connecticut, with his wife, Sheri, and their three children.
About the book: Ndibe shares his story of coming to America from Nigeria with a strong command of and love for the English language, playing with words in a way that creates an engaging read. Born into an age of independence in Nigeria, the author's childhood dreams were of escaping the grasslands of his home country for the big cities of Great Britain or America. After meeting writer Chinua Achebe, Ndibe's dreams of prosperity in a new world seem to be coming true when Achebe suggests Ndibe run a literary magazine in America. When Ndibe leaves for the United States, many of his ideas about its citizens come from movies about the Wild West. Actual life in the city is much different, and chasing the American Dream turns out to be more difficult and humorous than Ndibe expects. He shares stories of many amusing run-ins of cultural differences, including explaining to friends his love for his in-laws and his attempt at understanding Americans' love for their pets.