Book Launch: Lesley Nneka Arimah’s What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky in Paperback

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 6:00pm
Milkweed Books
1011 Washington Ave S
Target Performance Hall | Open Book, 2nd Floor
Minneapolis, MN 55415
United States



Join us as we celebrate the release the eagerly-awaited paperback release of Lesley Nneka Arimah’s acclaimed debut story collection, What It Means When A Man Falls from the Sky. Lesley joins us for a reading in the Target Performance Hall, followed by a book signing and reception in the bookstore. We can’t wait to celebrate the eagerly-awaited paperback of Lesley's debut short story collection, and to share her brilliant stories even more widely. LEARN MORE.

“Strange and wonderful…a witty, oblique and mischievous storyteller, Arimah can compress a family history into a few pages and invent utopian parables, magical tales and nightmare scenarios while moving deftly between comic distancing and insightful psychological realism…her science fiction parables, with their ecological and feminist concerns, recall those of Margaret Atwood. But it would be wrong not to hail Arimah’s exhilarating originality: She is conducting adventures in narrative on her own terms, keeping her streak of light, that bright ember, burning fiercely, undimmed.”––New York Times

“[A] remarkable debut collection…electrifying [and defiantly original.”––NPR

“Stunning.”––O, the Oprah Magazine, “A Best Book of Spring”

“Arimah’s voice is vibrant and fresh, her topics equally timely and timeless…This is a slim, rare volume that left me compelled to press it into the hands of friends, saying, ‘You must read this.’”––Washington Post

Read the Star Tribune’s piece naming Lesley 2017 Artist of the Year HERE
Read the announcement of Lesley’s 2017 Kirkus Prize in Fiction HERE
Read the announcement of Lesley’s 2017 O. Henry Prize HERE.

LESLEY NNEKA ARIMAH was born in the UK and grew up wherever her father was stationed for work, which was sometimes Nigeria, sometimes not. Her work has received grants and awards from Commonwealth Writers, AWP, the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Jerome Foundation and others. She was selected for the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35. She currently lives in Minneapolis. Her short story collection What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky was published by Riverhead in April 2017 and won the 2017 Kirkus Prize. She’s working on a novel about you.