African Studies, English, Comparative Literature & POAET (The Project on African Expressive Traditions)

A Reading & Lecture by

Nigerian Writer
Adewale Maja-Pearce

2:30pm, Sunday April 20, 2008
Monroe County Public Library, Room #1C

Reading & Discussion: “How Pinkie Killed a Man” and other pieces from Remembering Ken Saro-Wiwa & Other Essays (2005).

2:30pm, Monday April 21, 2008
IU, Woodburn Hall #218

Lecture & Discussion: “Exile, Foreign Publishing, and Literary Culture in Nigeria”

Adewale Maja-Pearce is the author of numerous books, including Loyalties and Other Stories (1988), In My Father’s Country: A Nigerian Journey (1989) ,Who’s Afraid of Wole Soyinka? (1990) and A Mask Dancing: Nigerian Novelists of the Eighties (1992). He was formerly editor of the Heinemann African Writers’ Series (1986-94), and Africa editor of Index on Censorship (1986-97). He currently lives in Lagos, where he runs YEMAJA, an editorial services agency.

His most recent book is Remembering Ken Saro-Wiwa & Other Essays (2005), which critic Uzor Maxim Uzoatu describes thus:

Controversy dogged every step of this book, and the publishing was nearly stopped as people took positions without reading a word of it. This book affords us the opportunity of dipping into the immense world of Maja-Pearce as he, in twenty-three heartfelt essays and reviews, illuminates the benighted mores of modern Nigeria, the identity question in South Africa … and engages with seminal minds across the world.

This book is a treasure, a profound testament.