Okey Ndibe is the author of Foreign Gods, Inc. – his second novel, out from Soho Press (click the link for a series of short interviews with Okey) in January 2014. A novelist, journalist and professor of African and African Diaspora literature at Brown University., Ndibe came to the U.S. from his native Nigeria 25 years ago at the behest of none other than the late, great Nigerian writer, Chinua Achebe, and began his time here editing Achebe’s now-defunct magazine, African Commentary.
Foreign Gods, Inc., by Okey Ndibe, tells the story of Ike, a New York-based Nigerian cab driver who sets out to steal the statueof an ancient war deity from his home village and sell it to a New York gallery.
This debut novel from Okey Ndibe looks at a woman’s drowning and the ensuing investigation in an emerging African nation.
“Highly evocative. ”
“Ndibe is a gifted writer and an adept storyteller, who clearly exults in the telling. ”
(Ellen Bass photo by Irene Young)
Ellen Bass (www.ellenbass.com) has a new book of poetry, Like a Beggar, published in April 2014 from Copper Canyon Press. Her previous books include The Human Line (Copper Canyon Press), named a Notable Book by the San Francisco Chronicle and Mules of Love (BOA Editions) which won the Lambda Literary Award. She co-edited (with Florence Howe) the groundbreaking No More Masks! An Anthology of Poems by Women (Doubleday).
Saturn, its frozen rings fire-white,
reflecting the sun from a billion miles.
Maybe there’s a word in another language
for when distance dissolves into time.
How are we changed when we stand out
under the fat stars of summer,
our pores opening in the night?
Christian McEwen, author of World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down (Bauhan Publishing, 2011), was born in London and grew up in the Borders of Scotland. Christian’s new play “Legal Tender: Women & the Secret Life of Money” will be performed in March of 2014. Upcoming teaching sessions include a workshop at the renowned Omega Institute in New York’s Hudson Valley in July of 2014. For many years, Christian taught poetry to teachers through Lesley University.
About World Enough & Time
She was someone who could not be rushed. This seems like a small thing. But it is actually a very amazing quality, a very ancient one… She went about her business as if she could live forever, and forever was very, very long.