WORD BK Presents: Emmanuel Iduma, Chiké Frankie Edozien, and Sandra Uwiringiyimana

02/21/2019 - 7:00pm


Join us at WORD Brooklyn for a panel featuring Emmanuel Iduma, Chiké Frankie Edozien, and Sandra Uwiringiyimana discussing memoir and the different ways they each interpret experience in their work, co-presented with The Mantle.

Please note that there is a $5 entrance voucher for this event which can be purchased online or at the door. The voucher is good toward anything in store at WORD, including any of the participating authors' books. If you purchase the book directly from WORD at the event or via pre-order there is no need to purchase the admission voucher. 


Emmanuel Iduma is the author of A Stranger’s Pose, a book of travel stories, and The Sound of Things to Come, a novel. Born and raised in Nigeria, his stories and essays on art appear frequently in journals, magazines, artists’ books, and exhibition catalogues. He received a 2017 Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation grant in arts writing, and is a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts, New York.


Growing up in Lagos, Nigeria, Chiké Frankie Edozien learned to read from the newspapers his father brought home daily. He grew up to become and ink-stain scribbler telling the stories of others in service of a greater good. Edozien currently teaches journalism at New York University. Prior to that he was an award-winning metro reporter in New York City. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, Quartz, Time Magazine, The Times (UK) GlobalPost, Out Traveler, Edge, Colorlines, Vibe Magazine, the New York Amsterdam News, the Advocate and more. He is a contributor to the 2016 Commonwealth Writers anthology, Safe House: Explorations in Creative Nonfiction and in 2017 his Last Night in Asaba was published by Jalada Africa/Transitions. He is the author of the groundbreaking memoir Lives of Great Men: Living & Loving As An African Gay Man, which won the 2018 Lambda Literary award for biography/memoir. 


Sandra Uwiringiyimana is a co-founder at Jimbere Fund, an organization that aims to revitalize distressed communities and foster peace in Congo by empowering women economically. Sandra was born and raised in Congo, until she was forced to flee due to the ongoing conflicts in 2004. Shortly after fleeing her home, Sandra survived a massacre that claimed 166 lives, including her sister’s. Since her family’s resettlement to New York in 2007, Sandra has fought hard to raise awareness about the Gatumba massacre and call for justice. She has become a voice for women and girls, refugees and immigrants, and forgotten people like her Tribe. Sandra now works to ensure that no Congolese girl ever has to leave home in search of opportunity through the Jimbere Fund. She continues to use her platform to advocate for migrants and refugees all over the world. Sandra's memoir, How Dare The Sun Rise, is out now.


The Mantle publishes emerging critics, writers, and intellectuals in the areas of Arts & Culture, International Affairs, Philosophy, and Literature. We foster discourse with a global audience through critiques, essays, and interviews. We pay close attention to voices with limited exposure in their home countries and the English language, as well as individuals experiencing censorship. 

A Stranger's Pose Cover Image
By Emmanuel Iduma, Teju Cole (Foreword by), Abraham Oghobase (Photographer)
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ISBN: 9781911115496
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Published: Cassava Republic Press - November 20th, 2018

Through stories remembered and imagined, and images by acclaimed photographers, A Stranger's Pose draws the reader into a world of encounters in more than a dozen African towns. Iduma blends memoir, travelogue and storytelling in these fragments of a traveller's journey across several African cities.

Lives of Great Men: Living and Loving as an African Gay Man Cover Image
ISBN: 9780995516236
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Published: Team Angelica Publishing - November 24th, 2017

From Victoria Island, Lagos to Brooklyn, U.S.A. to Accra, Ghana to Paris, France; from across the Diaspora to the heart of the African continent, in this memoir Nigerian journalist Chike Frankie Edozien offers a highly personal series of contemporary snapshots of same gender loving Africans, unsung Great Men living their lives, triumphing and finding joy in the face of great adversity.

How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062470157
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - May 15th, 2018

Junior Library Guild Selection * New York Public Library's Best Books for Teens * Goodreads Choice Awards Nonfiction Finalist * Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best Books for Teens: Nonfiction * 2018 Texas Topaz Nonfiction List * YALSA's 2018 Quick Picks List  * Bank Street's 2018 Best Books of the Year

$5 admission to this event at our Brooklyn store. Your $5 voucher can be used toward anything in store, including the participating authors' books. Please note that if you purchase a copy of the book from WORD there is no need to purchase a voucher. 

Gambit: Newer African Writing Cover Image
By Emmanuel Iduma (Editor), Shaun Randol (Editor)
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ISBN: 9780996577076
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Published: Mantle - January 1st, 2016

Fiction. Literary Nonfiction. African & African American Studies. GAMBIT: NEWER AFRICAN WRITING is a unique collection of nine interviews and original short stories by emerging writers from across Africa.

The Sound of Things to Come Cover Image
ISBN: 9780996577090
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Published: Mantle - October 15th, 2016

Fiction. African & African American Studies. A young woman loses her grip on reality, destroyed by being the mistress of a powerful general. A pastor hides the innocent from marauding gangs hyped up by post- election fervor. A philosophy professor struggles against his better judgment to save everyone but himself. In present day Nigeria, there are many centers of the universe.