Uzodinma Iweala, from Washington, DC and Nigeria, is the author of Beasts of No Nation, which is a formation of his thesis at Harvard. Beasts of received considerable critical acclaim from Time Magazine, The New York Times and Rolling Stone.
While at Harvard, Iweala earned the Hoopes Prize and Dorothy Hicks Lee Prize for Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis, 2004; Eager Prize for Best Undergraduate Short Story, 2003; and the Horman Prize for Excellence in Creative Writing, 2003. In 2007, he was named as one of Granta magazine’s 20 best young American novelists.
Uzodinma Iweala will travel to Timbouctou
Going to the root of the ‘Family tree’
Timbouctou has the largest and most organized collection of Malian manuscripts. The 15th century intelligentsia, judges, doctors, imams, and professors, required a reference collection for practicing their profession. Recently, family manuscripts stashed in attics or forgotten in trunks have been located, processed, and shared with scholars. more…