Zoom Program: Coming to America: Americanah
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Explore the themes of immigration to America, primarily through the lens of Yiddish Literature in Translation in these reading groups.
This is a live program that will be conducted via Zoom, a free online video conferencing
platform. Registration is required. On the day of the program, we will email you with the link to join the live program. You are not required to have a Zoom account . If you would like to create a free account though, you may do so at https://zoom.us/signup.
Please contact Amy Carroll at Acarroll@cc-pl.org with any questions.
By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria and reignite their passion for each other and for their homeland.
“Coming to America” Reading Groups for Public Libraries
Coming to America will comprise of reading groups to discuss the themes of immigration with a final installment featuring a guest speaker.
The first three reading groups feature books of Yiddish literature in translation
September 2nd-Enemies, A Love Story by Isaac Bashevis Singer
September 30th- A Refugee in New York by Kadya Molodovsky
The final reading will feature a book about Nigerian immigrants.
October 28th- Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
A guest speaker will be announced at a later date.
Thank you to the Yiddish Book Center for facilitating this series. The Yiddish Book Center’s “Coming to America” Reading Groups for Public Libraries is made possible by a gift from Sharon Karmazin.
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch