East City Bookshop presents Zach Powers and Tope Folarin discussing their latest novels, First Cosmic Velocity and A Particular Kind of Black Man. Book signing and Q&A to follow the reading.
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About A Particular Kind of Black Man:
One of Time’s 32 Books You Need to Read This Summer
A stunning debut novel, from Rhodes Scholar and winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing, Tope Folarin about a Nigerian family living in Utah and their uncomfortable assimilation to American life.
About First Cosmic Velocity:
A stunningly imaginative novel about the Cold War, the Russian space program, and the amazing fraud that pulled the wool over the eyes of the world.
By turns grim and whimsical, fatalistic and deeply hopeful, First Cosmic Velocity is a sweeping novel of the heights of mankind’s accomplishments, the depths of its folly, and the people—and canines—with whom we create family.
Tope Folarin is a Nigerian-American writer based in Washington, DC. He won the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2013 and was shortlisted once again in 2016. He was also recently named to the Africa39 list of the most promising African writers under 40. He was educated at Morehouse College and the University of Oxford, where he earned two Masters degrees as a Rhodes Scholar. He is the author of A Particular Kind of Black Man.
Zach Powers is a native of Savannah, Georgia, and lives in Arlington, Virginia. His novel, First Cosmic Velocity, is coming in August 2019 from Putnam/Penguin, and his debut story collection, Gravity Changes, won the BOA Short Fiction Prize. He is Director of Communications at The Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Get to know him at ZachPowers.com.