Novelist Teju Cole, author of Open City, Reads Thursday, April 11th at 6:00 pm in the Handwerker Gallery as part of the Distinguished Visiting Writers Series


Contributed by Catherine Taylor

TEJU COLE is a writer, art historian, and street photographer. He was born in the US in 1975 and raised in Nigeria. He is the author of two books, a novella, Every Day is for the Thief, and a novel, Open City, which was named one of the best books of 2011 by Time magazine, the New Yorker, Newsweek, the Guardian, the Atlantic, the New York Times, and many others.

Teju Cole was awarded the 2012 PEN/Hemingway Award, the Rosenthal Family Foundation Prize of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the New York City Book Award for Fiction; and nominated for the National Book Critics Award, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award. He is currently at work on a non-fiction book about Lagos. He teaches literature and art history at Bard College, where he is Distinguished Writer in Residence and Achebe Fellow. As part of his visit to Ithaca College, Cole will exhibit a selection of his photographs in the Handwerker Annex inside the Center for Faculty Excellence on the 2nd floor of the library.

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