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Ken Bugul at Emory

Senagalese author Ken Bugul will share insight on her decades-long career at the forefront of African literature during an April 17 discussion as part of Emory University’s “Ecrivains d’aujourd’hui” (Contemporary Writers) initiative.

Bugul came to prominence with the publication of her first novel, The Abandon Baobab: The Autobiography of a Senegalese Woman. This work is part of a series of semi-autobiographical novels that explore her experiences as an immigrant in Belgium and France and her eventual return to Senegal.

The Emory Department of French and Italian is hosting the author, with support from the cultural services of the Consulate General of France in Atlanta, which has been a partner of this annual series for the past four years. The 2018 edition, entitled “Errant Voices: A Roundtable Discussion with Ken Bugul,” will take place on April 17, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. in White Hall 207. The event is free and open to the public.

In addition to her many novels, Bugul has published influential articles on colonialism and the practice of writing. Her writing addresses women and female sexuality, madness, ecology and urban development, with works set in both Paris and Dakar. She received the Grand Prix Littéraire d’Afrique Noire for her novel Riwan ou le chemin de sable (1999). Bugul is an officer of the French Order of Arts and Letters and the 14th writer in residence at the the Literaturhaus in Zurich, Switzerland.