Mini Fest - Fall for the Book

Wednesday, February 15, 2023 10:30 AM to 4:15 PM EST
Fenwick Library, #2001

Mini Fest - Fall for the Book

As part of Fall for the Book's 25th Anniversary Year, we're launching year-round programming, because we read all year round. Our new one day ini Fest is part of this new design. Read the full schedule at: 

10:30 a.m. | K-pop’s Got Soul 

K-pop and R&B collide in Crystal S. Anderson’s Soul in Seoul: African American Popular Music and K-pop. Anderson shows how Korean pop groups incorporate elements of African American music culture in their songs, arguing that K-pop is actually a part of a global R&B tradition. Arts writer Pat Padua says that “Soul in Seoul is a labor of love, and K-pop junkies will eat it up.” Sponsored by African & African American Studies.

12 p.m. | Resistance, Justice, and Freedom

Evocative and haunting, Ava Homa’s novel Daughters of Smoke and Fire explores identity, family, and oppression in the everyday lives of the Kurds. Leila, a young woman living in Iran, endures grave danger as she searches for her missing political activist brother. Roxane Gay calls it “A story of slowly-building self-liberation and resilience. . . . Our conversations around this book are going to be meaningful, engaging and urgently necessary.” Sponsored by Women & Gender Studies.

1:30 p.m. | The Cheuse Center Presents Bisi Adjapon

Bisi Adjapon’s Daughter in Exile is a poignant novel about family, immigration, and adversity. Lola, a young Senegalese woman, gets engaged to an American Marine without her family’s approval, and must move to the US, pregnant and alone. “Insightful and riveting,” author Maaza Mengiste says, “Daughter in Exile is a deft exploration of motherhood and love, told through the eyes of a young woman determined to create her world on her terms.” Adjapon will be in conversation with Helon Habila, most recently the author of the novel Travelers. Adjapon and Habila will also be joined by artist Bennie Herron, who will be displaying his original artwork from the Mason Exhibition Origin Stories. Sponsored by the Cheuse Center for International Writers. 

3 p.m. | Next Stop, Delhi: The Moving City

Take a ride with anthropologist Rashmi Sadana as she discusses urbanization, inequality, and the lives of ordinary people in The Moving City: Scenes from the Delhi Metro and the Social Life of Infrastructure. In her book, Sadana provides first hand accounts from Delhi residents, and discusses how the Metro is deeply impacting the city, both geographically and socially. Asian Anthropology calls it a “delightful and interesting twist on ethnographic writing.” Sponsored by the Department of Sociology & Anthropology.



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