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An Evening With Michael Finkel and Alexis Okeowo

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Calgary, Alberta T2G 0K9

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A rare opportunity to learn from two of the most compelling writers. Michael Finkel has written for National Geographic, GQ, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, and The New York Times Magazine. His book, The Stranger in the Woods, is the remarkably true story about a man who lived in the woods alone for 27 years. Alexis Okeowo is a staff writer for the New Yorker and a fellow at New America. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, the Financial Times, Time, and Fortune, among many other publications. Her book, A Moonless, Starless Sky is a reminder of the extreme measures that ordinary people will go to for their family, country, and the mere possibility of freedom.

Michael Finkel

Michael Finkel is the author of True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa, which was adapted into a 2015 major motion picture. He has written for National Geographic, GQ, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, and The New York Times Magazine. He lives in western Montana with his wife and three children. Read more...

The Stranger in the Wood by Michael Finkel

Many people dream of escaping modern life, but most will never act on it. The Stranger in the Woods is the remarkable true story of a man who lived alone in the woods of Maine for 27 years, making this dream a reality not out of anger at the world, but simply because he preferred to live on his own.

This is a gripping story of survival that asks fundamental questions about solitude, community and what makes a good life, and a deeply moving portrait of a man who was determined to live his own way, and succeeded.

Alexis Okeowo

Alexis Okeowo is a staff writer for the New Yorker and a fellow at New America. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, the Financial Times, Time, and Fortune, among many other publications. The daughter of immigrant parents, Okeowo grew up in Alabama and attended Princeton University. She was based in Lagos, Nigeria, from 2012 to 2015, and now lives in Brooklyn. Read more...

A Moonless, Starless Sky by Alexis Okeowo

A Moonless, Starless Sky weaves together four astonishing narratives: a young Ugandan couple, both kidnapping victims of Joseph Kony’s LRA; a Mauritanian waging a lonely campaign against modern-day slavery; women basketball players flourishing amid war-torn Somalia, despite threats against their lives; and a dual portrait of a young Nigerian girl—one of the Chibok schoolgirls--who escapes the clutches of Boko Haram and a government bureaucrat who decides to take up arms. In all of these stories Okeowo’s subjects are tethered to each other by their determination to resist in environments dominated by repression and silence.

Time after time, the media’s coverage of Africa has failed to go beyond the surface, the obvious stories. Okeowo’s work rejects those easy narratives; instead her book provides a window into what’s really happening in people’s daily lives in Africa and how people are taking their destiny into their own hands.

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