The Department of English cordially invites you to a book reading and book-signing by Raouf Mama on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in Johnson Room, J. Eugene Smith Library
In Fortune’s Favored Child, the master storyteller tells his own story, beginning in the West African country of Benin. Through a harrowing experience with sickness, an encounter with a clairvoyant traditional healer, and astonishing twists of fortune, the protagonist struggles to uncover his real identity, to get an education, and to make his own way in the world. His journey takes him to the shores of the United States to attend graduate school at the University of Michigan and begin a new chapter in his life.
Dr. Raouf Mama is widely beloved by children and adults alike for his books and especially for his African and multicultural storytelling, which incorporates poetry, song, music, and dance.
A world-renowned story teller, Dr. Raouf Mama is the author of five books, including Why Monkeys Live in Trees and Other Stories from Benin (Curbstone, 2006), winner of the 2008 National Multicultural Children’s Publication Award; The Barefoot Book of Tropical Tales (2000); Pearls of Wisdom (2001, with Mary Romney); and Why Goats Smell Bad (1998). Mama regularly travels to various parts of the world to work with teachers, education professionals, and children, using storytelling as a multicultural teaching and motivational tool. He has worked in partnership with UNICEF and the School of African Heritage in promoting education and cultural awareness through storytelling. Dr. Mama will read from his stunning memoir, Fortune’s Favored Child.
“Mama’s memoir transported this reader to faraway Africa even as it retold the classic coming-of-age story of a young seeker on a quest for wisdom and enlightenment,” Wally Lamb writes.
Gina Barreca calls it “at once inspired and inspiring.”
Dr. Mama is Faculty Row Super Professor and Distinguished Professor of English at Eastern Connecticut State University.
Light Refreshments will be provided. This event is sponsored by the Department of English and the Office of Equity and Diversity.