Room with a View: Akwaeke Emezi & Jennifer Baker

Join us as we celebrate the launch of Akwaeke Emezi’s new novel, The Death of Vivek Oji.

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Join us as we celebrate the launch of Akwaeke Emezi’s The Death of Vivek Oji (Riverhead), a novel of family and friendship.  The evening will be hosted by writer and editor Jennifer Baker.


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Akwaeke Emezi is the author of the novel Freshwater, which was named a New York Times Notable Book and shortlisted for the PEN/Hemingway Award, the NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award, the Lambda Literary Award, and the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, and longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award, the Women’s Prize for Fiction, the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, the Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize, the Wellcome Book Prize, the Aspen Words Literary Prize, and the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. Freshwater was also named a Best Book of the Decade by BuzzFeed and a Best Book of the Year by the New Yorker, NPR, and the Chicago Public Library. Emezi’s second book, Pet, was a finalist for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Selected as a 5 Under 35 honoree by the National Book Foundation, Emezi has been profiled by Vogue (for which they were photographed by Annie Leibovitz) and by Vanity Fair as part of “The New Hollywood Guard.” Freshwater has been translated into ten languages and is currently in development as a TV series at FX, with Emezi writing and executive producing with Tamara P. Carter.

Jennifer Baker is a publishing professional, creator/host of the Minorities in Publishing podcast, and contributing editor to Electric Literature. She is also the editor of the all PoC-short story anthology Everyday People: The Color of Life (Atria Books, 2018) and her fiction, nonfiction, and criticism have appeared in various print and online publications. Her website is jennifernbaker.com.

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