May 19, 2021

E.C. Osondu

Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes award-winning writer E.C. OSONDU—author of the acclaimed story collection Voice of America and This House Is Not For Sale: A Novel—for a discussion of his latest story collection, Alien Stories. He will be joined in conversation by WILLIAM PIERCE, coeditor of AGNI and The AGNI Portfolio of African Fiction.

Details

Celebrated Nigerian-born writer E.C. Osondu delivers a short-story collection of nimble dexterity and startling originality in his BOA Short Fiction Prize-winning Alien Stories.

These eighteen startling stories, each centered around an encounter with the unexpected, explore what it means to be an alien. With a nod to the dual meaning of alien as both foreigner and extraterrestrial, Osondu turns familiar science-fiction tropes and immigration narratives on their heads, blending one with the other to call forth a whirlwind of otherness. With wry observations about society and human nature, in shifting landscapes from Africa to America to outer space and back again, Alien Stories breaks down the concept of foreignness to reveal what unites us all as ‘aliens’ within a complex and interconnected universe.

About Author(s)

E.C. Osondu was born is a winner of the Caine Prize, the Pushcart Prize and other prizes for his short stories. He is the author of the collection of stories, Voice of America, and the novel This House Is Not For Sale. His writing has been translated into Japanese, Italian, Icelandic, Belarusian, German etc. He is a Contributing Editor at AGNI. Born in Nigeria, he is a professor at Providence College in Rhode Island.

William Pierce is coeditor of the literary and cultural magazine AGNI. Excerpts from his autofiction manuscript Twenty Sixteen can be found in Harvard Review, on the Freeman’s channel at Literary Hub, and in Western Humanities Review. His short stories have appeared in GrantaEcotoneAmerican Literary Review, and elsewhere, and he is the author of Reality Hunger: On Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle, a monograph first serialized as a three-part essay at The Los Angeles Review of Books. With E. C. Osondu, he coedited The AGNI Portfolio of African Fiction.