Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Finalist, 2023 National Book Awards
Honoree, 2018 5 Under 35

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah is the New York Times-bestselling author of Friday Black. His work has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Esquire, The Paris Review, and elsewhere.
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Chain-Gang All-Stars

ISBN 9780593317334 Pantheon Books / Penguin Random House

Loretta Thurwar and Hamara “Hurricane Staxxx” Stacker are the stars of Chain-Gang All-Stars, the cornerstone of CAPE, or Criminal Action Penal Entertainment, a highly-popular, highly-controversial, profit-raising program in America’s increasingly dominant private prison industry. More about this book >

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Friday Black

ISBN 9781328911247 Mariner Books / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

In the stories of Adjei-Brenyah’s debut, an amusement park lets players enter augmented reality to hunt terrorists or shoot intruders played by minority actors, a school shooting results in both the victim and gunman stuck in a shared purgatory, and an author sells his soul to a many-tongued god. More about this book >

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2018 5 Under 35 Panel Discussion moderated by Ben Greenman


Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah at the 2018 5 Under 35 Celebration

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Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah is the New York Times-bestselling author of Friday Black. His work has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Esquire, The Paris Review, and elsewhere. He was a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree, the winner of the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award and the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize for Best First Book, along with many other honors. Raised in Spring Valley, New York, he now lives in the Bronx.

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