Virtual: Buki Papillon with Michael Lowenthal, An Ordinary Wonder

Join Porter Square Books for a virtual event with local author Buki Papillon for her debut novel, An Ordinary Wonder! Buki will be joined in conversation by Michael Lowenthal, author of the newly released story collection Sex with StrangersThis event is free and virtual, hosted on Crowdcast!

Extra Special Bonus: One lucky event attendee will win a free, 3-month audiobook subscription! Be sure to check out this audio snippet from An Ordinary Wonder, beautifully narrated by Adjoa Andoh, of Netflix’s Bridgerton, and pick up your own audio edition from directly and support PSB in the process. No contest entry required - a winner will be chosen at random from present attendees live on Tuesday, September 14th, join us to win!

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An extraordinary literary debut about a Nigerian boy's secret intersex identity and his desire to live as a girl.

Oto leaves for boarding school with one plan: excel and escape his cruel home. Falling in love with his roommate was certainly not on the agenda, but fear and shame force him to hide his love and true self.

Back home, weighed down by the expectations of their wealthy and powerful family, the love of Oto's twin sister wavers and, as their world begins to crumble around them, Oto must make drastic choices that will alter the family's lives for ever.

Richly imagined with art, proverbs and folk tales, this moving and modern novel follows Oto through life at home and at boarding school in Nigeria, through the heartbreak of living as a boy despite their profound belief they are a girl, and through a hunger for freedom that only a new life in the United States can offer. An Ordinary Wonder is a powerful coming-of-age story that explores complex desires as well as challenges of family, identity, gender, and culture, and what it means to feel whole.

A fiercely honest exploration of the risks and rewards of contemporary relationships—and hookups—Michael Lowenthal's Sex with Strangers embraces the dizzying power of attraction across the spectrum of passion and infatuation. In this fearless collection, lust and loneliness drive a diverse cast of queer and straight characters into sometimes precarious entanglements. In edgy, disquieting stories, Lowenthal traces the paths that attraction and erotic encounters take, baffling and rueful as often as electrifying. This fraught and funny volume forces us to grapple with our own subconscious desires and question how well we can ever really know ourselves.

Buki Papillon was born in Nigeria, the oldest of six. After studying law at Hull University in the UK, she completed an MFA in Creative Writing at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She has received several fellowships and awards for her writing and is an alumnus of Key West Literary, Vermont Studio Centre and Vona Voices residencies and workshops. Her work was published in Post Road Magazine and the Del Sol Review. She has in the past been a travel adviser, events host and chef. Buki currently lives in Boston, where she is resigned to finding inspiration in the long winters.

Michael Lowenthal is the author of four novels: The Same EmbraceAvoidanceCharity Girl, and The Paternity Test. He lives in Boston.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021 - 7:00pm

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Virtual via Crowdcast
An Ordinary Wonder: A Novel By Buki Papillon Cover Image
ISBN: 9781643137810
Availability: In Stock: Click Title to See if it's in CAMBRIDGE or BOSTON
Published: Pegasus Books - September 7th, 2021

Sex with Strangers By Michael Lowenthal Cover Image
ISBN: 9780299332648
Availability: In Stock: Click Title to See if it's in CAMBRIDGE or BOSTON
Published: University of Wisconsin Press - March 16th, 2021