Book Launch: Sofia Samatar, author of A Stranger in Olondria

Event date: 
Friday, April 26, 2013 - 6:00pm

A Stranger in Olondria is a fantasy about memory, reading, travel, and coming home.

Jevick, the pepper merchant's son, has been raised on stories of Olondria, a distant land where books are as common as they are rare in his home. When his father dies and Jevick takes his place on the yearly selling trip to Olondria, his life is as close to perfect as he can imagine. But as he revels in the Feast of Birds, he becomes haunted by the ghost of an illiterate young girl from his own country. As civil war looms, Jevick must face his ghost and learn her story: an ordeal that challenges his understanding of art and life, home and exile, and the limits of that seductive necromancy, reading.

Sofia Samatar wrote A Stranger in Olondria in South Sudan, where she taught high school English. She has also worked in Egypt, and is now a PhD candidate in African Languages and Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is Nonfiction and Poetry Editor for the new online journal Interfictions: A Journal of Interstitial Arts, and blogs at

Author photo by Adauto Araujo.

Event address: 
315 W. Gorham St.
53703-2218 Madison
A Stranger in Olondria Cover Image
ISBN: 9781931520768
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Small Beer Press - April 30th, 2013