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Joe Okonkwo in conversation with David Ebershoff

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 7:00pm

The Danish Girl author David Ebershoff talks with debut novelist Joe Okonkwo, author of Jazz Moon, a lyrical novel set against the backdrop of the Harlem Renaissance and glittering Jazz Age Paris. Jazz Moon is a coming out story, a love story, and a tale of artistic awakening. Or in Ebershoff’s words, "a passionate, alive, and original novel about love, race, and jazz...a moving story of traveling far to find. Join Joe Okonkwo as he reads selections from Jazz Moon and then speaks with acclaimed author David Ebershoff about the Harlem Renaissance and gay sexual identity in the 1920s.

Joe Okonkwo is a Pushcart Prize nominee who has had stories published in a variety of print and online venues including Promethean, Penumbra Literary Magazine, Chelsea Station, Shotgun Honey, and Best Gay Stories 2015. In addition to his writing career, he has worked in theatre as an actor, stage manager, director, playwright and youth theater instructor. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing from City College of New York. Jazz Moon is his debut novel.

David Ebershoff is the author of four books, including The Danish Girl and the #1 bestseller The 19th Wife. The Danish Girl was adapted into an Oscar-winning film starring Academy Award-winner Eddie Redmayne and Academy Award-winner Alicia Vikander. It was nominated for four Academy Awards, three Golden Globes, two Screen Actors Guild awards, and five BAFTAs. The 19th Wife was made into a television movie that has aired around the globe. Ebershoff’s books have been translated into more than twenty languages to critical acclaim and twice Out Magazine has named him to its annual Out 100 list of influential LGBT people. David had a long career at Random House, where he was most recently Vice President and Executive Editor at Random House. He edited more than twenty New York Times bestsellers and three Pulitzer Prize winners and a winner of the National Book Award. He teaches in the graduate writing program at Columbia University. Originally from Pasadena, California, he now lives in New York City.

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