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Writer/Photographer Teju Cole Will Show Photos and Give Reading at Ithaca College

ITHACA, NY—Nigerian-American writer, art historian and street photographer Teju Cole will give a public reading and display his photos at Ithaca College. Both the exhibit and reading are free and open to the public.

On Thursday, April 11, there will be a reception for Teju from 4:30–5:30 p.m. in the Handwerker Gallery Annex, located on the second floor of the Ithaca College Library (Gannett Center). His photos will be on display there April 9–May 11 in an exhibit titled “Who’s Got the Address.”

At 6 p.m., Cole will read from his works in the Handwerker Gallery, located on the library’s ground floor.

Cole’s novel “Open City” — the story of a young Nigerian-German psychiatrist in New York City five years after 9/11 — was awarded the 2012 PEN/Hemingway Award and the Rosenthal Family Foundation Prize of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, among other honors, and was named one of the best books of 2011 by Time and Newsweek magazines, the New Yorker, the Atlantic and the New York Times.

His first book, the novella with photographs “Every Day is for the Thief,” is an account of a Nigerian in the diaspora who returns home after many years abroad. Cole himself was born in the United States and raised in Nigeria, and he is currently working on a non-fiction book about its largest city, Lagos. He teaches literature and art history at Bard College, where he is a Distinguished Writer in Residence and Achebe Fellow.

Cole’s appearance is sponsored by the Distinguished Visiting Writers Series. For more information on the series, visit www.ithaca.edu/dvw or contact Catherine Taylor, associate professor of writing, at ctaylor@ithaca.edu.



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