Acclaimed writer Teju Cole to give Writer-in-Residence reading, February 8, 2016

Acclaimed writer, art historian and photographer Teju Cole will give this year’s Writer-in-Residence reading at Vassar College. This event will be held on Monday, February 8, 6:00pm, in the Sanders Classroom Building, Spitzer Auditorium (room 212). The reading is free and open to the public. 

Cole is the author of the novella, Every Day is for the Thief, which was named a book of the year by the New York Times, the Globe and Mail, NPR, and the Telegraph. His novel, Open City, won the PEN/Hemingway Award, the New York City Book Award for Fiction, the Rosenthal Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Internationaler Literaturpreis, and was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, and the Ondaatje Prize of the Royal Society of Literature. In 2015, Cole was awarded the 2015 Windham Campbell Prize for Fiction.

A frequent contributor to the New Yorker, Qarrtsiluni, the Financial Times, the Atlantic, Granta, Aperture, and several other magazines, Cole is currently at work on a book-length non-fiction narrative of Lagos, and is engaged in curatorial projects. His photography has been exhibited in India and the U.S., published in a number of journals, and will be the subject of a solo exhibition in Italy.

He is currently the Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at Bard College and a photography critic for the New York Times.

This event is sponsored by the Department of English.

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Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, January 26, 2016