Thursday, April 20, 2006

Literary Encounter: Chris Abani

After the rousing energy of James Ellroy, it was interesting experiencing the calm, steady force of Nigerian writer Chris Abani. He came around for his new book Becoming Abigail. Chris Abani began his time at the podium by discussing the problems of sex trafficing around the world. Without raising his voice, he had us transfixed.

It was good seeing Mr. Ellroy and Mr. Abani back to back. It just goes to show that there are different types of writers for different kinds of people.


Sundry said...

He's amazing. I loved his hosting of the PEN Emerging Voices reading last year. There's definitely a good spirit in there.

Bob Hoeppner said...

Just heard Adrienne Rich at Smith, along with Joy Harjo and Ed Pavlic. It's good to hear the words come direct from the source.