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Cafe con Libros, Bk.

Book Launch: "Lucky Girl" with author Irene Muchemi-Ndiritu and acclaimed author, Mateo Askaripour.

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Book Launch: "Lucky Girl" with author Irene Muchemi-Ndiritu and acclaimed author, Mateo Askaripour.
Book Launch: "Lucky Girl" with author Irene Muchemi-Ndiritu and acclaimed author, Mateo Askaripour.

Time & Location

Sep 29, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:45 PM EDT

Cafe con Libros, Bk., 724 Prospect Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11216, USA

About the Event

About the Book:

Since I was a child I had been searching for a place where I could just be me. It wasn't at home in Kenya with Mother. Then I came to a foreign land, which I loved, but I was still a stranger. I was different, even to the people with whom I shared a skin color and hair texture. I worried I would never find the place where I belonged. Soila is a lucky girl by anyone's estimation. Raised by her stern, conservative mother and a chorus of aunts, she has lived a life of privilege in Nairobi. Soila is headstrong and outspoken, and she chafes against her mother's strict rules. After a harrowing assault by a trusted family friend, she flees to New York for college, vowing never to return home. New York in the 1990s is not what she imagined it would be. Instead of a golden land of opportunity, Soila finds herself shocked by the entitlement of her wealthy American classmates and the poverty she sees in the streets. She befriends a Black American girl at school and witnesses the insidious acts of racism her friend endures, forcing Soila to begin to acknowledge the legacy of slavery and the blind spots afforded by the privilege of her Kenyan upbringing. When she falls in love with a free-spirited artist, a man her mother would never approve of, she must decide whether to honor her Kenyan identity and what she owes to her family, or to follow her heart and forge a life of her own design.

About the Author:

Irene Muchemi-Ndiritu was born and raised in Nairobi and moved to the United States to attend college in 1998. She has an MA in journalism from the Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University and has worked as a journalist in New York City, Washington D.C., and Boston. She later received an MFA in creative writing from the University of Cape Town, graduating with distinction. Her fictional work has been published in Yale Review and Adda and she has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. She currently lives in Cape Town, South Africa. Lucky Girl is her debut novel.

About the Conversation Partner:

New York Times bestselling author Mateo Askaripour's first novel, Black Buck, takes on racism in corporate America with humor and wit. Askaripour was chosen as one of Entertainment Weekly’s “10 rising stars to make waves,” and Black Buck was a Read With Jenna Today Show book club pick. Most recently, Askaripour was named as a recipient of the National Book Foundation's "5 Under 35" prize. He’s currently working on his second novel, which will be published in 2024.

Tickets

  • General Admission

    The price of this ticket is applied to the purchase of the book.

    $5.00
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  • Signed: "Lucky Girl."

    This ticket is only for a signed book.

    $18.99
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  • Signed: "Black Buck."

    This ticket is only for a signed book.

    $16.99
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