Tope Folarin, Nigerian American author, on WOWD-LP Takoma Radio

Epic City radio program hosted by Carolivia Herron on WOWD-LP Takoma Radio, 94.3 FM Tuesdays 4-5 PM, Streamed live on

On the afternoon of August 2, 2016, (4-5 PM, 94.3 FM) Carolivia will have a radio conversation with Tope Folarin, the Nigerian American author who recently received the prestigious Caine award for an African short story. Read about Folarin in the Washington Post article, Tope Folarin finds his place in the literary world (July 23, 2016). Tope and Carolivia will talk about Tope’s short stories Miracle and The Summer of Ice Cream.

Next Tuesday, August 9, 2016, Patsy Fletcher, author of Historically African American Leisure Destination Around Washington, DC, will have a conversation with Carolivia.

Thereafter Johnnie on 100 Must Read Jewish Novels

Cover of Thereafter Johnnie
Thereafter Johnnie

I’m honored to be in this company. Last night my friend Jessica Weissman told me that my first novel, Thereafter Johnnie, is Number 77 on Book Riot’s list of 100 Must Read Works of Jewish fiction.

The list author is Michelle Anne Schingler, a former librarian and Hebrew school teacher, is an associate editor at ForeWord Reviews. Michelle introduces her list with a personal comment about why she compiled the list:

Reading through the diverse and ever-expanding Jewish literary canon is a natural way to work toward understanding a community that, while comparatively small, is incredibly diverse. This list draws Jewish voices in from all corners of the diaspora, from several continents as well as from Israel itself. The voices on it have different conceptions of what it means to be Jewish; some of these novels embrace the tradition self-consciously, some are more ambivalent about it, and some don’t mention religious traditions at all.

Cluster 2: Your Heaven THE Argument

Asenath and the Origin of Nappy Hair

Excerpt from Chapter 8: THE Argument

“Don’t ask ‘What is spaghetti,’ ask, ‘What is a Graduate Student?’ Here is the prophecy.”

“A Graduate Student will be a being who lives on spaghetti with ramen sauce, the kind with MSG.”

“Further, Graduate Students cannot be stopped.

“You can renovate their libraries from under them.

“You can spill coffee on their notebooks.

“You can demagnetize their disks.

“You can lay them low with mono.

“You can infest their apartments with locusts and their books with silverfish.

“A Graduate Student will be able to scrape under the collar of the peanut butter jar for the last bit of peanut butter.

Cluster 2: Your Heaven: Angel Square

Asenath and The Origin of Nappy Hair

Excerpt from Chapter 7: Angel Square

Of all the angels in heaven, Asenath, you are the most perverse, because you actually want to stay. Here we are on another bright Heavenly morning, well, you know what I mean, our light here can be so provoking — so what if we call it morning, what’s wrong with that? Yes, I know it’s afternoon, but these afternoons might as well be mornings. Always bright. Always Heavenly. And we angels hovering around in Boylston Hall to watch you and the Dean.

Works, World, and Ways of Carolivia Herron