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“Radical Transformation of our Seas: Stories from Fisherman’s Blues” with Anna Badkhen

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September 25, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • Book Sales: 6:30-7:00 pm
  • Program: 7:00-8:15 pm
  • Reception/Sales/Signing: 8:15-9:00 pm


Speaker Anna Badkhen has spent most of her life in the Global South. Her immersive investigations of the world’s iniquities have yielded six books of nonfiction, most recently The World Is a Carpet: Four Seasons in an Afghan Village and Walking with Abel: Journeys with the Nomads of the African Savannah, published by Riverhead Books in 2015. Badkhen contributes to The New York Times, Granta, The New Republic, and Foreign Policy. She has written about wars on three continents and is a 2017-18 writer-in-residency at the Tulsa Artist Fellowship, where she is at work on her first novel.

Badkhen will discuss her book Fisherman’s Blues, an intimate account of life in a West African fishing village, tugged by currents ancient and modern, and dependent on an ocean that is being radically transformed.

“The sea is broken, fishermen say. The sea is empty. The genii have taken the fish elsewhere. For centuries, fishermen have launched their pirogues off the Senegalese coast, where the fish were so plentiful a man could dip his hand into the grey-green ocean and pull one out as big as his thigh. But in an Atlantic decimated by overfishing and climate change, fish are harder and harder to find.”

Here, Badkhen discovers, all boundaries are permeable–between land and sea, between myth and truth, even between storyteller and story. Fisherman’s Blues immerses us in a community navigating a time of unprecedented environmental, economic, and cultural upheaval with resilience, ingenuity, and wonder.




For more information about this event, email Robin Banker at ncsu_cnr_event@ncsu.edu




September 25, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hunt Library, Duke Energy Hall
1070 Partners Way
Raleigh, NC 27606 United States

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