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Pop-up: Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Sat, Nov 10, 2018 from 4:00 pm - 4:15 pm PST
1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah pops-up with his debut book of short stories, Friday Black.

Adjei-Brenyah is paired with Dreams No. 2 by Jacob Lawrence; found in the Modern American Realism exhibit on the 2nd floor of the Portland Art Museum. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location.


From the start of this extraordinary debut, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s writing will grab you, haunt you, enrage and invigorate you. By placing ordinary characters in extraordinary situations, Adjei-Brenyah reveals the violence, injustice, and painful absurdities that black men and women contend with every day in this country.

These stories tackle urgent instances of racism and cultural unrest, and explore the many ways we fight for humanity in an unforgiving world. In “The Finkelstein Five,” Adjei-Brenyah gives us an unforgettable reckoning of the brutal prejudice of our justice system. In “Zimmer Land,” we see a far-too-easy-to-believe imagining of racism as sport. And “Friday Black” and “How to Sell a Jacket as Told by Ice King” show the horrors of consumerism and the toll it takes on us all.

Entirely fresh in its style and perspective, and sure to appeal to fans of Colson Whitehead, Marlon James, and George Saunders, Friday Black confronts readers with a complicated, insistent, wrenching chorus of emotions, the final note of which, remarkably, is hope.

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah has an MFA from Syracuse University. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous publications, including Guernica, Printer’s Row, and The Breakwater Review, where ZZ Packer awarded him the Breakwater Review Fiction Prize. Black Friday is his first book. Visit him online at nanakwameadjei-brenyah.com
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