Live via Zoom:
Tuesday, August 3, 6:00 PM ET
Nana Nkweti presents Walking on Cowrie Shells: Stories
In conversation with Novuyo Rosa Tshuma
AKO Caine Prize finalist Nana Nkweti comes to Greenlight (virtually!) to share her debut story collection, Walking on Cowrie Shells. In this powerful, genre-bending collection, Nkweti’s virtuosity is on full display as she mixes deft realism with clever inversions of genre. In the Caine Prize finalist story “It Takes a Village, Some Say”, Nkweti skewers racial prejudice and the practice of international adoption, delivering a sly tale about a teenage girl who leverages her adoptive parents to fast-track her fortunes. In other stories, Nkweti vaults past realism, upending genre expectations, as in a satirical romp about a jaded PR professional trying to spin a zombie outbreak in West Africa. Pulling from mystery, horror, myth, and graphic novels, Nkweti showcases the complexity and vibrance of characters whose lives span Cameroonian and American cultures. A dazzling, inventive debut, Walking on Cowrie Shells announces the arrival of a superlative new voice. Nkeweti is joined in conversation by Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, award-winning author of House of Stone.