Author reading: Teju Cole

  • Apr 4, 2014 · 6:45 PM
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Join Inquisitive Minds for a reading by PEN/Hemingway Award winning author Teju Cole. The reading is approximately 1 hour, after which we will browse the aisles of the Harvard Bookstore and then head to a nearby establishment for coffee and dessert. 


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Harvard Book Store welcomes PEN/Hemingway Award–winning author TEJU COLE for a reading from his new book Every Day Is for the Thief: Fiction.

A young Nigerian living in New York City goes home to Lagos for a short visit, finding a city both familiar and strange. In a city dense with story, the unnamed narrator moves through a mosaic of life, hoping to find inspiration for his own. He witnesses the “yahoo yahoo” diligently perpetrating email frauds from an Internet café, longs after a mysterious woman reading on a public bus who disembarks and disappears into a bookless crowd, and recalls the tragic fate of an eleven-year-old boy accused of stealing at a local market.
Along the way, the man reconnects with old friends, a former girlfriend, and extended family, taps into the energies of Lagos life—creative, malevolent, ambiguous—and slowly begins to reconcile the profound changes that have taken place in his country and the truth about himself.
In spare, precise prose that sees humanity everywhere, interwoven with original photos by the author, Every Day Is for the Thief—originally published in Nigeria in 2007—is a wholly original work of fiction. This revised and updated edition is the first version of this unique book to be made available outside Africa. 

Every Day Is for the Thief, by turns funny, mournful, and acerbic, offers a portrait of Nigeria in which anger, perhaps the most natural response to the often lamentable state of affairs there, is somehow muted and deflected by the author’s deep engagement with the country: a profoundly disenchanted love. Teju Cole is among the most gifted writers of his generation.”Salman Rushdie

“[Teju Cole] casts a spell that’s hard to classify. . . . Open City earned its author comparisons to the German writer W. G. Sebald, whose work wanders and ruminates in a similar way. Every Day Is for the Thief includes photos that Mr. Cole took in Lagos, a Sebaldian touch that is likely to keep the comparisons coming.” —The New York Times

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  • Jeff M.

    Who is Teju Cole, if i dare to be ignorant?

    1 · March 23, 2014

  • Alex

    I arrived around 7 and heard the presentation. What a coincidence he worked at the same store !
    But I did not see you Jill, so I went downstairs after to browse !

    April 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    He was intriguing. Makes me want to read his books.

    2 · April 5, 2014

    • Jill

      I felt the same way reading about him. I just started Open City!

      1 · April 5, 2014

  • Jill

    Due to unforseen circumstances, this will not be a formally hosted event. Please find each other at the event and enjoy!

    April 4, 2014

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