Talks At The Schomburg: Multiple Black Realities

Writer and video artist Akwaeke Emezi joined visual artist ruby onyinyechi amanze for a talk on multiple and blurred Black realities—aliens, ogbanje, and alternate selves. amanze created the cover art for Emezi's debut novel Freshwater, and the two artists discussed creative process as nonhumans, visibility, placelessness, translating realities, and the farce of authenticity. (WATCH HERE)

Debut Novelist Akwaeke Emezi Recenters Reality: The NYPL Podcast Ep. 206

"Akwaeke Emezi is an Igbo and Tamil writer and video artist. Freshwater is Emezi's debut novel and one of the most anticipated books of 2018. The partially autobiographical story follows a young person, Ada, from Nigeria to American college, where a traumatic event reveals the hidden powers of the spirits within her. Emezi discussed the novel with Glory Edim, founder of the book club and digital platform, Well-Read Black Girl. She traced the origin story behind Freshwater, decolonizing identities, and navigating transition." (LISTEN HERE)


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