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Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah: UAlbany Alumnus and Break-out Literary Star

  • Location: University at Albany Performing Arts Center Recital Hall 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12222 Albany, NY 12222
  • Dates: October 30, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Price: Free and open to the public
  • Overview

    Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah visits the University at Albany to engage in a craft-talk and conversation/Q&A on Tuesday, October 30, 2018.

    Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, 2013 University at Albany graduate with a degree in English, recently published his first short story collection, Friday Black (2018), a satirical look at what it’s like to be young and black in America. 

    The book received superlative praise from a number of major American authors, including George Saunders who called it, “an excitement and a wonder: strange, crazed, urgent and funny…,” and said “The wildly talented Adjei-Brenyah has made these edgy tales immensely charming….” 

    Roxane Gay said, “This book is dark and captivating and essential... A call to arms and a condemnation. Adjei-Brenyah offers powerful prose as parable. The writing in this outstanding collection connection will make you hurt and demand your hope. Read this book."

    Craft Talk — 4:15 p.m., Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center 

    Conversation/Q&A — 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center


    Cosponsored by the UAlbany English Department and Program in Writing and Critical Inquiry.