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  • NPR's Michel Martin speaks with author Uwem Akpan about his new book
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  • Rain Taxi Interview with Okey Ndibe
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  • StarTribune Review: "New York, My Village"
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  • Borders Interview with Uwem Akpan
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  • Brittle Paper Review: "New York, My Village"
    The Nigerian Civil War and the Politics of Memory
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  • Uwem Akpan: On Bullets, Bestsellers and Bedbugs
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  • Uwem Akpan with Elif Batuman | LIVE from New York Public Library
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  • "NEW YORK, MY VILLAGE touches on important political and social themes, but it's also at times rollickingly funny to accompany Ekong on his picaresque journey through New York. The book is full of colorful and observant portraits of New York City's neighborhoods, as well as mouthwatering descriptions of food. Anyone who has been involved in the publishing world will find the scenes of pitch meetings and awards dinners especially telling, but they're not the only ones who will appreciate Akpan's astute and self-aware novel." -- Norah Spiehl
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  • interviews Uwem about Igbo reaction to his Biafran War novel
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  • Joy Keys chats with Author Uwem Akpan
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  • Chat with Kirstin Valdez Quade, author of "The Five Wounds"
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  • Boldoz Bookstore Interview with Enobong Etuk
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  • Yaddo Podcast with Brad Kessler
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  • "New York, My Village" has been chosen as Amazon Editor Pick for November!
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  • Exclusive Interview: "New York, My Village" Author Uwem Akpan
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  • Some good news:
    "New York, My Village" has been chosen by the Strand Bookstore as their Pick of the Month for November 2021. I am told this is the biggest, most iconic bookstore in NYC. I am so happy. To have them pick this book, which is set in New York itself, gladdens my heart. And now my friends and fans will know what to buy their loved ones for Thanksgiving! I have a prior history with the Strand though. In 2005, the New Yorker celebrated my appearance in their debut fiction edition with a seven-hour photoshoot in the Strand. I was with fellow debutants Karen Russell and Justin Tussing. I can't remember how many times we changed clothes or smiles or locations. Well, I am going to NYC next month, because I want to take a few selfies with copies of my book in the Strand! At least, you will get to see how much I have aged since 2005. Thanks for your support!
  • SAY YOU’RE ONE OF THEM is number 27 on Entertainment Weekly’s “Best of the Decade” list

  • Oprah joined author Uwem Akpan and readers from all around the world for an in-depth discussion simulcast LIVE from and on Monday night, November 9. The complete archive of Oprah and Uwem Akpan's webcast discussion is now available on

  • A Nigerian author is named Oprah's book club winner. CNN's Christian Purefoy reports.
    CNN, November 9, 2009