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Teju Cole


Friday, May 2 | 7:00 PM Community Bookstore, 143 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Community Bookstore will host a conversation between Teju Cole and Amitava Kumar, two authors who have taken on the troubled but rich complexities of their hometowns. Cole's latest novel, Every Day Is for the Thief, is set in Lagos, Nigeria, while Kumar's latest book, A Matter of Rats: A Short Biography of Patna, is set in Bihar, India. RSVP here.

Teju Cole

is a novelist, photographer, critic, curator, and the author of several books. He was the photography critic of the New York Times Magazine from 2015 until 2019. He is currently the Gore Vidal Professor of the Practice of Creative Writing at Harvard.

Amitava Kumar

is a writer and journalist. He was born in Ara, and grew up in the nearby town of Patna, famous for its corruption, crushing poverty and delicious mangoes. Kumar is the author of several books of non-fiction and three novels. In 2016, Amitava Kumar was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship (General Nonfiction) as well as a Ford Fellowship in Literature from United States Artists. He has also been awarded writing residences by Yaddo, MacDowell Colony, the Rockefeller Foundation at Bellagio, the Norman Mailer Writing Center, Writers Omi at Ledig House, and the Lannan Foundation. Kumar lives in Poughkeepsie, in upstate New York, where he is the Helen D. Lockwood Professor of English at Vassar College.

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