Nigerian-American novelist Tope Folarin kicks off the Fall 2021 Visiting Writers Series on Thursday, September 9, at 7:30 p.m. on Crowdcast. Folarin will be in conversation with Mason Professor Helon Habila. The series is hosted by Mason’s Creative Writing Program, University Libraries, and Watershed Lit.
Folarin is the author of A Particular Kind of Black Man, published in August 2019 by Simon & Schuster. The book was praised by BookPage as “a powerful story that is equal parts loneliness and hope” and also earned reviews in the New York Times and the L.A. Review of Books, among others. Folarin won the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2013 and was shortlisted once again in 2016. He was also recently named to the Africa39 list of the most promising African writers under 40. He serves as Vice President of Content and Storytelling at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, and as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Policy Studies. He was educated at Morehouse College and the University of Oxford, where he earned two Master’s degrees as a Rhodes Scholar.
Mark your calendars as well for the rest of the visiting writers series ahead:
- Thursday, September 23: Reginald Gibbons (nonfiction) in conversation with Mason Professor Tim Denevi
- Thursday, September 30: Phillip B. Williams (poetry) in conversation with Mason MFA Student Keene Carter
- Thursday, November 4: Myung Mi Kim (poetry) in conversation with Mason BFA Alumna Alaina Johansson
- Thursday, November 11: Lise Funderburg (nonfiction) in conversation with Mason Professor Kyoko Mori
- Thursday, November 18: Priyanka Champaneri (fiction) in conversation with Mason Professor Alexia Arthurs
August 20, 2021