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2021/2022 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series

Inprint Wole Soyinka Reading

Monday November 15, 2021 7:00 pm

General admission tickets for $5 will go on sale Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 12 pm noon CT. For information on season subscriptions, click here.

EVENT DETAILS: This is a livestream reading and will be accessible from the Inprint website. Details on how to access the reading will be provided to season subscribers and to those who purchase general admission tickets in their Eventbrite email receipts. Wole Soyinka will give a brief reading from his new novel Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth, followed by a conversation with John Guess, Chief Executive Officer at the Houston Museum of African American Culture.

“You don’t see things the same way when you encounter a voice like that of WOLE SOYINKA,” said Toni Morrison. Wole Soyinka is a distinguished political activist, playwright, poet, and novelist from Nigeria. He is the first African writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature and was praised by the Nobel jury as a writer who “in a wide cultural perspective and with poetic overtones fashions the drama of existence.” Soyinka, who writes in English, is the author of five memoirs, eight poetry collections, and 30 plays that draw richly on Nigerian politics and mythology. His two previous novels, The Interpreters and Season of Anomy, garnered for him a global reputation as “the conscience of Nigeria” (The New York Times) and won the New Statesmen Literary Prize. His other honors include the Anisfield-Wolf Lifetime Achievement Award, the International Poetry Award, and the International Humanist Award.

Soyinka joins us to read from and talk about his first novel in 48 years Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth, which he wrote during the pandemic. Set in an imaginary Nigeria, the book is at once a witty whodunit and a satirical commentary on power, greed, and corruption informed by Soyinka’s personal experience with political exile and imprisonment. Since the 1960s, Soyinka has advocated for Nigerian democracy and spoken out against military dictatorships worldwide. He is the founder of the Democratic Front for a People’s Federation and famously snuck his poems out of prison on toilet paper rolls. He lives in Abeokuta, Nigeria.

JOHN GUESS is the Chief Executive Officer at the Houston Museum of African American Culture and serves on the boards of the Contemporary Art Museum Houston, the Museum of Fine Arts Glassell School, Art Lies, the Houston Arts Alliance, and Artadia.

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