Alexis Okeowo is a New Yorker staff writer who was part of a National Geographic project that was a finalist for a 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Writing. Based in the U.S., she has lived in Uganda, Mexico, and Nigeria, had work anthologized in both The Best American Travel Writing and The Best American Sportswriting collections for 2017. She is here this evening with her first book, and what a book A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa (Hachette Books) is.
“Alexis Okeowo’s startling and brilliant account of fierce horrors and tender hopes is one of the best records I have ever read of a world that has been made and remade time and again out of struggle and faith. Okeowo is just the kind of reporter we need to hear from when it comes to Africa, the ‘new’ old world: truthful, accurate, deep.”―Hilton Als.
“Alexis Okeowo has gone to the hardest continent and come away with a series of tales about the fight against fanaticism and despair. The result is a deeply sensitive portrait of modern Africa and a microscope on the human condition in the most difficult circumstances.”―Dexter Filkins.