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Prominent Nigerian-American Author Tope Folarin Featured in Montgomery County Public Libraries’ Next Contemporary Conversations Series on Saturday, Feb. 22

For Immediate Release: Thursday, February 6, 2020

Bookmark and ShareNigerian-American author Tope Folarin is the next featured guest in Montgomery County Public Libraries’ (MCPL) “Contemporary Conversation Series @ MCPL”. The free event will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Silver Spring Library located at 900 Wayne Ave. Doors will open at 7 p.m. A reception will follow the program, and he will sign copies of his book, “A Particular Kind of Black Man”. Books will be available for purchase from the Friends of the Library, Montgomery County, Inc.

Folarin, the first writer based outside Africa to win the prestigious Caine Prize for African Writing in 2013, and shortlisted again in 2016, will talk about his experiences. Folarin was recently named to the Africa39 list of the most promising African writers under 40. Educated at Morehouse College and the University of Oxford, he earned two Masters’ degrees as a Rhodes Scholar. “A Particular Kind of Black Man” is a powerful story about the universal issues of identity and belonging.

“Contemporary Conversations is a community forum to engage in enriching conversations about cultural and current issues with experienced authors and journalists,” said MCPL Director Anita Vassallo. “We are very excited to be able to bring an author of the caliber of Tope Folarin to MCPL to converse about such significant universal issues relevant to our society.”

The event is free, but registration is required. Register on the MCPL website or call the Silver Spring Library at 240-773-9420. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library, Montgomery County, Inc. and the Friends of the Library, Silver Spring Chapter.

For more information about the event email Clotilde Puértolas, at