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September 22, 2009

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SHORT STORY AUTHOR ON BOOK CLUB LIST

Uwen Akpan

Uwen Akpan

Nigerian author Uwem Akpan says he’s “very, very humbled” by the choice of his collection of short stories for Oprah Winfrey’s book club, reports Entertainment Weekly.
Akpan, a Jesuit priest, penned “Say You’re One Of Them,” a set of five separate stories from the perspective of an African child that were described as capturing the resilience of children growing up in the face of unimaginable devastation.
In announcing the work Friday as the 63rd selection of her popular book club, Winfrey said Akpan’s stories “left me stunned and profoundly moved.”
Uwem Akpan, who runs a parish in Lagos, studied philosophy and English at Creighton and Gonzaga universities then studied theology for three years at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa. He was ordained as a Jesuit priest in 2003 and received his master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Michigan in 2006.
His story collection was first published last year by Little Brown & Co, which is part of the Hachette Book Group that is owned by French publishing company Largardere.


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