Peace Adzo Medie with Sally Nuamah
We are delighted to present this afternoon (Seattle time) program with a writer who is coming into the book world in a big way this year. Ghanaian novelist Peace Adzo Medie, also a scholar, presently teaching at Bristol University in the UK, has two seriously good books out this year. The one she is virtually visiting us for a debut novel that’s making quite a splash, His Only Wife (Algonquin). Her other book is less likely to be found in bookstores, major academic title that it is, but to note: Global Norms and Local Action: The Campaigns to End Violence Against Women in Africa (Oxford University Press). Joining Peace Adzo Medie in conversation this afternoon is Northwestern University professor, filmmaker, and author Sally Nuamah, recently the author of How Girls Achieve. His Only Wife is the story of an indomitable young woman, Afi Tekpke, and how it goes for her with an arranged marriage.
“Peace Adzo Medie’s mesmerizing debut novel lives up to both the power of its first sentence and the promise of its author’s first name. This is not a book to read with one eye on a beach volleyball tournament; it’s a story to soak up in silence, on a long, cloudy afternoon when you have time to think . . . At a time when adventure is scarce, Medie gives you a lot to look forward to, think about and be grateful for.”—The New York Times Book Review.
“A hilarious, page-turning, sharply realized portrait of modern womanhood in the most infuriating of circumstances. A gem of a debut.”— Wayétu Moore.
Presented by Elliott Bay Book Company.