Rain Taxi is set to present Nigerian author, Okey Ndibe on Friday, February 21, at 7:00 pm. The event, which will hold at 514 SE 2nd St, Minneapolis will feature the author’s new book entitled Foreign Gods, Inc.
According to a Rain taxi’s online publication, the book, published by Soho Press is an expose on the life of a Nigerian taxi driver, Ike in the US. Ndibe uses the life of a frustrated divorcee to explore the “questions of race, identity, and the commodification of the sacred,” by telling “the story of Nigerian-born New York City cab driver Ike, as [a] complicated … character as any in contemporary literature.”
The book has been referred to as, “A taut, literary thriller… that wrestles with bad faith and the post-colonial condition in equal measure, and a more than worthy follow-up to Arrows of Rain, Ndibe’s first novel, by Rain Taxi.
In addition, Ernest Emenyonu called it, “A blueprint for the second generation of African novelists.”
Rain Taxi encourages the Twin Cities community to join the organization for a “reading and discussion with this important writer in the beautiful new heated galleries of The Soap Factory, dedicated to supporting artists and engaging audiences through the production and presentation of contemporary art in a unique and historic environment—now celebrating its 25th year as a laboratory for artistic experimentation and innovation.”
The event is free and open to the public, with a reception to follow. Books will be available for sale at the event, courtesy of Magers & Quinn Booksellers.
Read more about Okey Ndibe at http://www.raintaxi.com/reading-series/
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