Book Release: Tope Folarin's A Particular Kind of Black Man

Tuesday, September 3, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Busboys and Poets
450 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

Join the Institute for Policy Studies and Busboys and Poets as we celebrate the book release, A Particular Kind of Black Man of our very own Board Chair, Tope Folarin. The New York Times named him one of 4 Writers to Watch this Summer and was recently named to the Africa39 list of the most promising African writers under 40. In 2013, he won the Caine Prize for African Writing.

Tope Folarin is a Nigerian-American writer based in Washington DC. In additions to being a writer and Board Chair of IPS, he serves as Vice President of Content and Storytelling at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation. He received his Bachelor’s from Morehouse College and earned two Masters Degrees as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford.

In A Particular Kind of Black Man, Tope blends in autobiographical and fictional elements to tell the story of a first-generation Nigerian-American growing up in the US. Tope describes it as a novel “capacious enough to hold the real and unreal.” The novel touches on migration, manhood, memory, home and identity.
Come hear more about this novel from the writer himself and get your copy signed on September 3rd! Following a reception with refreshments, writer and poet, Ethelbert Miller, will lead a Q&A discussion.

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