DK Nnuro book reading: "What Napoleon Could Not Do"

Feb 8, 2023

07:00 PM

Prairie Lights Books

15 South Dubuque Street, Iowa City, IA 52240

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A black man wearing a plum t-shirt and a gold chain, in front of a wall with brightly colored geometric shapes

Derek (DK) Nnuro will read from his debut novel, What Napoleon Could Not Do, followed by a conversation with esteemed poet and educator Tameka Cage Conley about the book and its themes.

What Napoleon Could Not Do is a gripping novel in which America is seen through the eyes and ambitions of three characters with ties to Africa

Derek (DK) Nnuro is a Ghanaian-born writer and is a graduate of Johns Hopkins and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He has taught novel writing at the University of Iowa and is currently curator of special projects at the University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art. He lives in Iowa City, Iowa.

Book cover with illustration of black man in bright blue suit and title "What Napoleon Could Not Do."

What Napoleon Could Not Do will be available at Prairie Lights on Feb. 7, 2023.


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