Thanks to everyone who came out to the launch of After the Flare at Greenlight Books in Brooklyn. I had a great conversation with Yinka Adegoke, editor at Quartz, and celebrated the new novel with friends, fans, and family. Next stop on the book tour — Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Arizona on Thursday, October 19. Find out more about the event here.
Photo by Bayo Olukotun @bayodome
Yinka Adegoke with Deji Bryce Olukotun. Photo by Bayo Olukotun @bayodome
Join me for the official launch of my new novel After the Flare at Greenlight Books on October 3. I’ll be speaking with Yinka Adegoke, a pathbreaking editor at Quartz and an expert on African innovation. We’ll have beer and wine and good conversation.
I was psyched to receive a great positive review of After the Flare in Kirkus Reviews:
Olukotun manages these complex threads of story with a wily grace, weaving them into a surprising and briskly paced plot while also reveling in an abundance of inventive, vivid detail. In this version of Nigeria, a fascination with tribal identity exists alongside new technological devices that bring together animals and computer technology—geckolike phones, a malicious hacking spider—and a complicated monetary system that combines cowrie shells with block chains.
The book comes out in September. You can pre-order it here (Amazon) and here (Independent bookstore).
Thanks to PEN America for hosting a thought-provoking event at KGB Bar. Over the course of two hours, I joined Maria Dahvana Headley (the Magonia trilogy) and Haris Durrani (Technologies of the Self) for a fascinating discussion about science fiction and fantasy.
We discussed African, Queer, and Muslim perspectives on writing, including what excites us and terrifies us as authors. I especially enjoyed their thoughts on world-building, which as a writer is one of the most enjoyable and difficult aspects of crafting a speculative fiction story. You’ll be able to find the rich catalog of stories we referenced during our discussion on the event page at Pen.org. And I recommend you check out Maria and Haris’s stories. They’re good.
On Sunday, 8/7 I’ll be appearing at the inaugural Queens Book Festival. I’ll join authors Shelley Diaz, Kenneth Wishnia, and Matt Meyer for a conversation about Language, Power, and Censorship. It should be a great event, and it’s right next door to the Museum of the Moving Image, one of the best kept secret’s of New York.