Writing a Violent Story with Love, featuring Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

May 29, 2023

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

We bring you a powerful show stemming from a powerhouse of a guest this week. Write-minded examines the intersection of activism and writing and love with Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, author of Chain Gang All Stars. This week’s episode also makes a case for why dystopian fiction needs to be rethought and reclassified, and provides insight in the form of the reminder that the best stories are those that must be told because they shine light on uncomfortable truths.


Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah is the New York Times-bestselling author of the short story collection, Friday Black, and now the celebrated debut novel, Chain Gang All Stars. He was selected by Colson Whitehead as one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” honorees, is the winner of the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Award for Best First Book and the Aspen Words Literary Prize.

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