Nana-Ama Danquah with Anne Sackey & Patrick Smith
Editor/contributor Nana-Ama Danquah and contributors Anne Sackey and Patrick Smith join us to read from and discuss Accra Noir (Akashic Press), which includes brand-new stories by: Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond, Kwame Dawes, Adjoa Twum, Kofi Blankson Ocansey, Billie McTernan, Ernest Kwame Nkrumah Addo, Patrick Smith, Anne Sackey, Gbontwi Anyetei, Nana-Ama Danquah, Ayesha Harruna Attah, Eibhlín Ní Chléirigh, and Anna Bossman. The Akashic Press Noir anthology series began in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir and includes short stories set in a wide range of international cities, including an Elliott Bay program earlier this fall which featured Maaza Mengiste and Addis Ababa Noir. Ghanaian American writer Nana-Ama Danquah is most known for her groundbreaking memoir, Willow Weep for Me, and has also edited several other anthologies.
"Accra is the perfect setting for noir fiction. The telling of such tales—ones involving or suggesting death, with a protagonist who is flawed or devious, driven by either a self-serving motive or one of the seven deadly sins—is woven into the fabric of the city’s everyday life . . . Much like Accra, these stories are not always what they seem.” - Nana-Ama Danquah.