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June 25, 2024
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6:00 pm
7:00 pm

'Pemi Aguda: GHOSTROOTS (With Danielle Evans)

Bird in Hand is thrilled to welcome ‘Pemi Aguda in celebration of her stunning debut short story collection, GHOSTROOTS!

In this beguiling collection of twelve imaginative stories set in Lagos, Nigeria, Aguda dramatizes the tension between our yearning to be individuals and the ways we are haunted by what came before. These stories are empathetic, energetic, and full of humor and a wide-angle view of the forces that influence our individual choices.

We’re excited to share with you this chance to hear from the author herself, and lucky that Danielle Evans, author of THE OFFICE OF HISTORICAL CORRECTIONS, will join us to facilitate this conversation.

‘Pemi Aguda is an MFA graduate from the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan. Her writing has been published in Granta, Ploughshares, Zoetrope, and other publications, and has been awarded the O. Henry Prize for short fiction. She is from Lagos, Nigeria, and is currently living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Ghostroots is her debut story collection.

Danielle Evans is the author of the story collections The Office of Historical Corrections and Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self. Her first collection won the PEN American Robert W. Bingham Prize, the Hurston-Wright award for fiction, and the Paterson Prize for fiction; her second won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize and The Bridge Book Award and was a finalist for The Aspen Prize, The Story Prize, and The LA Times Book prize for fiction. She is the 2021 winner of The New Literary Project Joyce Carol Oates Prize, a 2020 National Endowment for the Arts fellow, and a 2011 National Book Foundation 5 under 35 honoree. A recipient of an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers Workshop, she currently lives in Baltimore, where she teaches creative writing at Johns Hopkins University.

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