International Romance WritingWednesday, December 5, 2018 @ 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
(This program will be held downstairs in our intimate Word Cellar.)
Join us for a reading and audience Q&A with visiting City of Asylum writer-in-residence Amara Nicole Okolo (Nigeria) in conversation with Pittsburgh publicist Rachel Ekstrom Courage, as they discuss, investigate and explore love and romance writing across nations and across cultures. Amara Nicole Okolo with read from her work Black Sparkle Romance. This program will be moderated by Rachel Ekstrom Courage.
Amara Nicole Okolo is a lawyer and writer based in Abuja, Nigeria. Her novel, Black Sparkle Romance was published by Ankara Press, an imprint of Cassava Republic (2014, Nigeria, Africa; 2016, UK/Europe) and her second book, a collection of short stories, Son of Man by Parresia Publishers (2016). References to her work have appeared on Africa in Words, Okay Africa, Chimurenga the Chronic, Reuters (Africa), Brittle Paper, CNN, Aljazeera, Radio France International and The Guardian UK. She was amongst the participants of the 2015 Farafina Workshop by Chimamanda Adichie. In April 2016, an excerpt of one of her works was read at the University of London. In 2017 her story was translated to Spanish by Afribuku, and her essay was published by Catapult.
Gwyn Cready has been called “the master of time travel romance.” She’s the author of nine romance novels, many of which are set in Pittsburgh, and a winner of the RITA Award, the most prestigious award given in romance writing. Her books have been included as selections in the Book-of-the-Month and Rhapsody Book Clubs. Her work has appeared in USA Today and Real Simple. She is currently working on a memoir about getting to better know her sister, who died at 31, and a graphic novel. Visit her at cready.com.
Rachel Ekstrom Courage has worked with debut, bestselling, and award-winning writers, first as a NYC-based book publicist, working on mysteries and thrillers for Minotaur, then holding managerial and directorial roles at Penguin’s Dutton and Gotham imprints and St. Martin’s Press over her fifteen-year publishing career. Now a literary agent at Folio Literary Management, she represents an array of authors in multiple genres. She’s also the co-founder of Littsburgh, which showcases Pittsburgh’s vibrant literary scene. More information at www.rachelcourage.com and www.littsburgh.com.