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Book Talk: Foreign Gods, Inc., with Okey Ndibe - postponed

Foreign Gods, Inc. (Soho, 2014) tells the story of a Nigerian-born, underemployed New York City-based cab driver who seeks to remedy personal and financial problems by stealing and selling a deity. Although Ikechukwu Uzondu (known as "Ikey") graduated from Amherst College with a degree in economics, he faces credit card, gambling, green card, marital, and other difficulties -- not to mention his native villagers' opposing viewpoints on religion. With religious metaphor (a statue) becoming sport in a capitalist culture, so come into question the principles upon which our nation was founded and the complicated reality of the American dream.

Okey Ndibe's second novel has received critical acclaim in numerous reviews, including the both The New York Times and The Guardian. Ndibe is the author of Arrows of Rain (Heinemann, 2000), also very well received. Ndibe worked in Nigeria as a journalist and magazine editor, and came to the United States in 1988 at the invitation of Chinua Achebe, Nigerian author of Things Fall Apart (1958), a classic work of modern African literature. Okey Ndibe is currently a professor at Brown University.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for African Education and Gottesman Libraries.

Copies of Foreign Gods, Inc. are available for purchase at the Columbia University Bookstore and may be brought to the book talk for signing.

Where: 305 Russell, with reception following in 306 Russell


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