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Sankofa: Chibundu Onuzo in conversation with Jasmine Guillory

Event date: 
Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

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Charis welcomes Chibundu Onuzo in conversation with Jasmine Guillory for a celebration of Sankofa: A Novel. Examining freedom, prejudice, and personal and public inheritance, Sankofa is a story for anyone who has ever gone looking for a clear identity or home and found something more complex in its place. This event is co-hosted by the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History.

A woman wondering who she really is goes in search of a father she never knew—only to find something far more complicated than she ever expected—in this moving and hopeful novel of self-discovery for readers of An American Marriage.

Anna is at a stage of her life when she's beginning to wonder who she really is. She has separated from her husband, her daughter is all grown up, and her mother—the only parent who raised her—is dead.  

Searching through her mother's belongings one day, Anna finds clues about the African father she never knew. His student diaries chronicle his involvement in radical politics in 1970s London. Anna discovers that he eventually became the president—some would say dictator—of a small nation in West Africa. And he is still alive... 

When Anna decides to track her father down, a journey begins that is disarmingly moving, funny, and fascinating. Like the metaphorical bird that gives the novel its name, Sankofa expresses the importance of reaching back to knowledge gained in the past and bringing it into the present to address universal questions of race and belonging, the overseas experience for the African diaspora, and the search for a family's hidden roots.

Chibundu Onuzo was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and lives in London. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and regular contributor to The Guardian, she is the winner of a Betty Trask Award, has been shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Commonwealth Book Prize, and the RSL Encore Award, and has been longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and Etisalat Literature Prize. The author of Welcome to LagosSankofa is her third novel.

Jasmine Guillory is the New York Times bestselling author of six romance novels, including The Wedding Date,The Proposal, and While We Were Dating. Her work has appeared in O, The Oprah MagazineCosmopolitanBon Appetit, and Time. She lives in Oakland, California.

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Sankofa: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781646220830
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Catapult - October 5th, 2021

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Welcome to Lagos: A Novel Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781948226219
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Published: Catapult - May 14th, 2019

“Storylines and twists abound. But action is secondary to atmosphere: Onuzo excels at evoking a stratified city, where society weddings feature ‘ice sculptures as cold as the unmarried belles’ and thugs write tidy receipts for kickbacks extorted from homeless travelers.” —The New Yorker


While We Were Dating Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593100851
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Published: Berkley - July 13th, 2021

An instant New York Times bestseller!

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780593099049
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Published: Berkley - October 13th, 2020

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Proposal and a “rising star in the romance genre” (Entertainment Weekly) comes a dazzling novel about a spontaneous holiday vacation that turns into an unforgettable romance.


Event Summary: 
Examining freedom, prejudice, and personal and public inheritance, Sankofa is a story for anyone who has ever gone looking for a clear identity or home, and found something more complex in its place.