Event: VIRTUAL EVENT: SIDIK FOFANA
Organizer: HARVARD BOOK STORE
Speakers: Sidik Fofana
Tickets: Donation $5 (concessions may apply)
Date: Aug 17th 7:00pm Eastern Time (USA). Equivalent times:
Americas - PT: Aug 17th 4:00pm | ET: Aug 17th 7:00pm.
Europe - UK: Aug 18th 12:00am | CET: Aug 18th 1:00am.
APAC - CST/HKT/SGT: Aug 18th 7:00am | AET: Aug 18th 9:00am.
Description from Harvard Book Store:
"Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes author and public school teacher SIDIK FOFANA for a discussion of his debut collection Stories from the Tenants Downstairs.
About Stories from the Tenants Downstairs
Like Gloria Naylor’s The Women of Brewster Place and Lin Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights, Sidik Fofana’s electrifying collection of eight interconnected stories showcases the strengths, struggles, and hopes of one residential community in a powerful storytelling experience.
Each short story follows a tenant in the Banneker Homes, a low-income high rise in Harlem where gentrification weighs on everyone’s mind. There is Swan in apartment 6B, whose excitement about his friend’s release from prison jeopardizes the life he’s been trying to lead. Mimi, in apartment 14D, who hustles to raise the child she had with Swan, waitressing at Roscoe’s and doing hair on the side. And Quanneisha B. Miles, a former gymnast with a good education who wishes she could leave Banneker for good, but can’t seem to escape the building’s gravitational pull. We root for these characters and more as they weave in and out of each other’s lives, endeavoring to escape from their pasts and blaze new paths forward for themselves and the people they love.
Stories from the Tenants Downstairs brilliantly captures the joy and pain of the human experience and heralds the arrival of a uniquely talented writer.
Praise for Stories from the Tenants Downstairs
"In the same way that Gordon Parks captured the brilliance of ordinary Americans, Sidik Fofana elevates the every day through his vivid depictions of Banneker Terrace's captivating residents. Yes, Stories from the Tenants Downstairs is funny, and yes, it is a collection that will make your jaw drop several times, but its true power lies in what it has to say about community, and how this road called life is more bearable when we walk it together. What a gift Fofana’s writing is, especially now."" —Mateo Askaripour, author of Black Buck
“Stories from The Tenants Downstairs heralds an indelible, inimitable new literary voice. Sidik’s stories are full of humanity and humor and hope, full of insight into the plight of people too often pushed to the margins of America-the-dream. By the end of this collection, the tenants of Banneker Terrace felt as intimate as my own neighbors, friends, family—a testament to the immense fullness with which Sidik portrayed their lives. This magnificent collection is not only a great joy to read, it’s evocative, essential art.” —Mitchell S. Jackson, author of Survival Math
"Sidik Fofana's timely collection is full of tenderness and truth. With it, he has given us a beautiful blueprint for the gentrification story: let it be bold, let it honor the complexities of those who are struggling to hold on. These stories are at once intimate and familiar, and utterly original. I braced myself, I laughed, and I shuddered. The voices of the residents of Banneker Terrace linger and echo long after the last page. A tremendous debut!"" —Deesha Philyaw, author of The Secret Lives of Church Ladies"
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