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E.C. Osondu with William Pierce

E.C. Osondu with William Pierce

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 - 07:00PM ET
Event Location: 
Offline
Event address: 
279 Harvard Street
Coolidge Corner
Brookline, MA 02446-2908

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Join the Transnational Literature Series at Brookline Booksmith for an in-store event with E.C. Osondu author of Alien Stories. He'll be in conversation with writer and AGNI coeditor William Pierce.

Celebrated Nigerian-born writer E.C. Osondu delivers a short-story collection of nimble dexterity and startling originality in his BOA Short Fiction Prize-winning Alien Stories.

These eighteen stories, each centered around an encounter with the unexpected, explore what it means to be an alien. With a nod to the dual meaning of alien as both foreigner and extraterrestrial, Osondu turns familiar science-fiction tropes and immigration narratives on their heads, blending one with the other to call forth a whirlwind of otherness.

With wry observations about society and human nature, in shifting landscapes from Africa to America to outer space and back again, Alien Stories breaks down the concept of foreignness to reveal what unites us all as ‘aliens’ within a complex and interconnected universe.

E.C. Osondu is the author of Alien Stories, winner of the BOA Short Fiction Prize, Voice of America, and the novel This House Is Not For Sale. He is a winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing and the Allen and Nirelle Galso Prize for Fiction, among other awards. His fiction has appeared in The Atlantic, AGNI, n+1, Guernica, Kenyon Review, McSweeney’s, Zyzzyva, The Threepenny Review, Lapham’s Quarterly, and New Statesman, among others, and his work has been translated into over half a dozen languages. He lives in Rhode Island and teaches at Providence College.

Moderator William Pierce is coeditor of the literary and cultural magazine AGNI. Excerpts from his autofiction manuscript Twenty Sixteen can be found in Harvard Review, on the Freeman’s channel at Literary Hub, and in Western Humanities Review. His short stories have appeared in GrantaEcotoneAmerican Literary Review, and elsewhere, and he is the author of Reality Hunger: On Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle, a monograph first serialized as a three-part essay at The Los Angeles Review of Books. With E. C. Osondu, he coedited The AGNI Portfolio of African Fiction.