OFF-SITE: Brooklyn Public Library!
Thursday, October 19, 7:00 PM
Book launch: Teju Cole presents Tremor: A Novel
In conversation with Emily Raboteau
Co-presented with Greenlight Bookstore, BPL Presents features a powerful, intimate novel that masterfully explores what constitutes a meaningful life in a violent world—from the award-winning author of Open City.
A weekend spent antiquing is shadowed by the colonial atrocities that occurred on that land. A walk at dusk is interrupted by casual racism. A loving marriage is riven by mysterious tensions. And a remarkable cascade of voices speaks out from a pulsing metropolis. We’re invited to experience these events and others through the eyes and ears of Tunde, a West African man working as a teacher of photography on a renowned New England campus. He is a reader, a listener, a traveler, drawn to many different kinds of stories: stories from history and epic; stories of friends, family, and strangers; stories found in books and films. Together these stories make up his days. In aggregate these days comprise a life.
Tremor is a startling work of realism and invention that engages brilliantly with literature, music, race, and history as it examines the passage of time and how we mark it. It is a reckoning with human survival amidst “history’s own brutality, which refuses symmetries and seldom consoles,” but it is also a testament to the possibility of joy. As he did in his magnificent debut Open City, Teju Cole once again offers narration with all its senses alert, a surprising and deeply essential work from a beacon of contemporary literature.
Teju Cole author photo credit: Teju Cole. Emily Raboteau author credit: Emily Raboteau.