Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Meeting Faith in New York City
Did anybody read Faith Adiele's memoir, Meeting Faith about her journey to Thailand to become a Buddhist nun after taking off a year from her undergraduate studies at Harvard University? To me, the book might be considered the colored girl's version of Eat, Pray, Love since Adiele is Nigerian and Finnish/American (but raised in the United States). But comparing Adiele to Elizabeth Gilbert is so not the point of this post.
If you're like me and enjoyed the book but wanted to know more about Adiele's background growing up as the only mixed kid in her neighborhood and her subsequent search for her Nigerian father, then you're in luck.
Adiele will be speaking at this year's Up South International Book Festival in Harlem, where they will be screening the film "My Journey" which explores Faith Adiele's complicated and compelling family history. The film also follows the lives of two other writers of color, Armando Peña and Andrew Lam, but I believe they will only be airing Adiele's segment at the festival. And if that's not enough Faith for you, she has a new book coming out Twins:Growing Up Nigerian/Nordic American that she will also be discussing at Up South.
The Festival runs September 27- October 4 and celebrates the literary arts from around the world. I'll be doing a little reading as well this Saturday night at 6:00pm. Come check it out if you're in NYC.
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