Join us for a Zoom talk with debut story authors Jack Wang, Nana Nkweti, and Emilio Fraia, hosted by Anderson Tepper.
This June, three new story collections announce the arrival of fresh, outsized talents, whose visions and styles range across the map. The stories of Jack Wang’s We Two Alone cover almost a century of the Chinese diaspora, moving poignantly from 1920s Vancouver to World War II Vienna and apartheid-era South Africa. Cameroonian-American Nana Nkweti’s dazzling, inventive collection, Walking on Cowrie Shells, manages to upend expectations, nimbly mixing elements of horror, satire, and Afrofuturism. And Brazilian writer Emilio Fraia’s Sevastopol contains three beguiling stories of yearning, madness and loss, linking the heights of Mount Everest, the Brazilian countryside and a play about the Crimean War (staged in a gritty São Paulo warehouse).
Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Jack Wang is an associate professor of writing at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. His fiction has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and longlisted for the Journey Prize.
Nana Nkweti is an AKO Caine Prize finalist and alumna of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her work has garnered fellowships from MacDowell, Kimbilio, Ucross, and the Wurlitzer Foundation, among others. She is a professor of English at the University of Alabama.
Born in São Paulo, Emilio Fraia was named one of Granta’s Best Young Brazilian Writers in 2012. Sevastopol was one of the winners of the Biblioteca Nacional Prize and a finalist for the Oceanos Prize and Jabuti Prize.
Anderson Tepper is co-chair of the International Committee of the Brooklyn Book Festival and has written for The New York Times Book Review, Vanity Fair, World Literature Today, and Words without Borders, among other publications.
Please register for this free Zoom event. Registered audience members will receive a Zoom link prior to the event.