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Mary-Alice Daniel Author Talk
"A Coastline is an Immeasurable Thing"
Mary-Alice’s Daniel’s family moved from West Africa to England when she was a child, uprooting from their native land in the Nigerian savanna. Five immigrants entered a prim, cold environment with few familiar features. So began their nomadic course across three continents in search of places of belonging. With a deeply intimate approach, the ‘American-African’ author peers inside the spiritual contrasts of her heritage: Islam, Christianity, & magic. Layered narratives invoke real and imagined ancestors, unweaving uneasy origins.

"An absolutely fascinating work from a gifted storyteller."
— Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review & “Best Nonfiction Books of 2022”

"Read this book once for the furious beauty of Daniel’s prose. Read it again for a master class in how we might finally come to tell our stories on our own terms."
— The New York Times

"A melodious exploration of Nigeria… a breathtaking story of tracing history and finding home."
— People, “Book of the Week”


"An incandescent debut... This is a gem.”
— Publishers Weekly, Starred Review


Mary-Alice Daniel was born near the border between Niger/Nigeria. She grew up in England and Tennessee. After attending Yale University, she earned an MFA from the University of Michigan. She is a Cave Canem Fellow who holds a PhD in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California.
MASS FOR SHUT-INS, her debut poetry collection, won the 2022 Yale Younger Poets Prize (forthcoming on March 21st, 2023). 
Her first book of prose, A COASTLINE IS AN IMMEASURABLE THING: A MEMOIR ACROSS THREE CONTINENTS, was released by HarperCollins/Ecco Press on November 29, 2022.

Feb 15, 2023 07:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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