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Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

September 14 at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


The Black Mountain Institute presents a free reading with Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, author of the new novel Chain-Gang All-Stars and acclaimed story collection Friday Black.

Chain-Gang All-Stars, Adjei-Brenyahโ€™s highly anticipated debut novel, imagines a near-future world in which incarcerated people can trade their sentences to compete in to-the-death combat with other prisoners, televised as pay-per-view sporting events. The book offers a bracing critique of Americaโ€™s real-world treatment of prisoners as the story follows top competitor Loretta Thurwar, who is on the brink of winning the Criminal Action Penal Entertainment (CAPE) network’s ultimate prize: her freedom.

Adjei-Brenyah’s work has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Esquire, The Paris Review, and elsewhere. He was a National Book Foundationโ€™s โ€œ5 Under 35โ€ honoree, the winner of the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award and the Saroyan Prize, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circleโ€™s John Leonard Award for Best First Book, along with many other honors. A book signing will follow the reading.

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UNLV Judy Bayley Theatre
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, 89154 United States
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