9th Ave: Helen Oyeyemi

Monday, March 14, 2016 - 7:30pm

This event will be held at our 9th Ave. location.




Helen Oyeyemi will read from her new collection of stories, What is Not Yours is Not Yours.


Praise for Helen Oyeyemi's Boy, Snow, Bird:


"Gloriously unsettling...The greatest joy of reading Oyeyemi will always be style: jagged and capricious at moments, lush and rippled at others, always singular, like the voice-over of a fever dream." —The New York Times Book Review


"Superbly inventive... examines the thorniness of race and the poisonous ways in which vanity and envy can permeate and distort perception." —O, The Oprah Magazine


"By transforming 'Snow White' into a tale that hinges on race and cultural ideas about beauty... Oyeyemi finds a new, raw power in the classic. In her hands, the story is about secrets and lies, mothers and daughters, lost sisters and the impossibility of seeing oneself or being seen in a brutally racist world... [Oyeyemi] elegantly and inventively turns a classic fairy tale inside out." —Los Angeles Times


"The outline of Oyeyemi's remarkable career glimmers with pixie dust...The atmosphere of fantasy lingers over these pages like some intoxicating incense." —The Washington Post


About What is Not Yours is Not Yours:


Playful, ambitious, and exquisitely imagined, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours is cleverly built around the idea of keys, literal and metaphorical. The key to a house, the key to a heart, the key to a secret—Oyeyemi's keys not only unlock elements of her characters' lives, they promise further labyrinths on the other side. In "Books and Roses" one special key opens a library, a garden, and clues to at least two lovers' fates. In "Is Your Blood as Red as This?" an unlikely key opens the heart of a student at a puppeteering school. "'Sorry' Doesn't Sweeten Her Tea" involves a "house of locks," where doors can be closed only with a key—with surprising, unobservable developments. And in "If a Book Is Locked There's Probably a Good Reason for That Don't You Think," a key keeps a mystical diary locked (for good reason). 


Oyeyemi's creative vision and storytelling are effervescent, wise, and insightful, and her tales span multiple times and landscapes as they tease boundaries between coexisting realities. Is a key a gate, a gift, or an invitation? What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours captivates as it explores the many possible answers.


Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594633409
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 3rd, 2015

As seen on the cover of the New York Times Book Review, where it was described as “gloriously unsettling… evoking Toni Morrison, Haruki Murakami, Angela Carter, Edgar Allan Poe, Gabriel García Márquez, Chris Abani and even Emily Dickinson,” and already one of the year’s most widely acclaimed novels:

White is for Witching Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594633072
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 4th, 2014

Winner of the Somerset Maugham Award
One of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists
From the acclaimed author of What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, Gingerbread, and Peaces

Mr. Fox Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594486180
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 6th, 2012

Winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction
One of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists

From the prizewinning young writer oWhat Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, Gingerbread, and Peaces comes a brilliant and inventive story of love, lies, and inspiration.

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