At Home with Literati: Rémy Ngamije & Peter Orner

Tuesday, August 17, 2021 - 5:30pm

We're pleased to welcome Rémy Ngamije to our At Home with Literati Series in support of The Eternal Audience of One. He'll be in conversation with Peter Orner.

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Nobody ever makes it to the start of a story, not even the people in it. The most one can do is make some sort of start and then work toward some kind of ending.

One might as well start with Séraphin: playlist-maker, nerd-jock hybrid, self-appointed merchant of cool, Rwandan, stifled and living in Windhoek, Namibia. Soon he will leave the confines of his family life for the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town, in South Africa, where loyal friends, hormone-saturated parties, adventurous conquests, and race controversies await. More than that, his long-awaited final year in law school promises to deliver a crucial puzzle piece of the Great Plan immigrant: a degree from a prestigious university.

But a year is more than the sum of its parts, and en route to the future, the present must be lived through and even the past must be survived.

From one of Africa's emerging literary voices comes a lyrical and piquant tale of family, migration, friendship, war, identity, and race following the intersecting lives of Séraphin and a host of eclectic characters from pre- and post-1994 Rwanda, colonial and post-independence Windhoek, Paris and Brussels in the 70s, Nairobi public schools, and the racially charged streets of Cape Town.

Rémy Ngamije is a Rwandan-born Namibian writer and photographer. He is the cofounder and editor-in-chief of Doek! Literary Magazine, Namibia's first literary magazine. His work has appeared in Litro MagazineAFREADAThe Johannesburg Review of BooksBrainwavezThe AmistadThe Kalahari ReviewAmerican ChordataAzureSultan 's SealSanta Ana River ReviewColumbia JournalNew Contrast, Necessary FictionSilver Pinion, and Lolwe. He was shortlisted for the AKO Caine Prize for African Writing in 2020. He was also longlisted for the 2020 Afritondo Short Story Prize. In 2019, he was shortlisted for Best Original Fiction by Stack Magazines. More of his writing can be read on his website RemytheQuill.com.

Peter Orner is the author of Maggie Brown & Others, a novella and stories, two story collections, Esther Stories and Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge, two novels, The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo and Love and Shame and Love, and a book of essays/ memoir, Am I Alone Here?, a Finalist for the National Book Critic’s Circle Award. Peter has been the recipient of three Pushcart Prizes, and fellowships from the Guggenheim, Lannan, and Fulbright Foundations, and his fiction and non-fiction has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, Tin House, McSweeney’s, The Believer, Granta, and Best American Stories. Peter has taught at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, San Francisco State University, and the University of Namibia. Currently, he holds the Dartmouth Professorship of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College and lives with his family in Norwich, Vermont where he's a member of the fire department. 

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ISBN: 9781982164423
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - August 10th, 2021