A New Way Forward: Mateo Askaripour & Natasha Brown

Mateo Askaripour, Natasha Brown and Fiona Raye Clarke

A New Way Forward: Mateo Askaripour & Natasha Brown

Mateo Askaripour, Natasha Brown and Fiona Raye Clarke

3:00pm

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

From opposite sides of the ocean, debut authors Mateo Askaripour and Natasha Brown join us to discuss their novels, Black Buck and Assembly. With Black protagonists at the fore of their stories, the authors showcase the differences and similarities of the Black experience in the UK and US. Askaripour’s Black Buck peers into the inner workings of an elite American startup, the struggle of being its only Black employee, and the possibilities that could come with playing a whole new game. In Assembly, Brown shows us what can happen when doing everything right can become all too much, and a woman must consider walking away from everything she was meant to be.

Interviewer: Fiona Raye Clarke

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From opposite sides of the ocean, debut authors Mateo Askaripour and Natasha Brown join us to discuss their novels, Black Buck and Assembly. With Black protagonists at the fore of their stories, the authors showcase the differences and similarities of the Black experience in the UK and US. Askaripour’s Black Buck peers into the inner workings of an elite American startup, the struggle of being its only Black employee, and the possibilities that could come with playing a whole new game. In Assembly, Brown shows us what can happen when doing everything right can become all too much, and a woman must consider walking away from everything she was meant to be.

Interviewer: Fiona Raye Clarke

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Mateo Askaripour’s work aims to empower people of colour to seize opportunities for advancement, no matter the obstacle. He was a 2018 Rhode Island Writers Colony writer-in-residence, and his writing has appeared in Entrepreneur, Lit Hub, Catapult, The Rumpus, Medium, and elsewhere. His debut novel Black Buck was an instant New York Times bestseller and a Read With Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick. He lives in Brooklyn.

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Natasha Brown is a writer who lives in London. In 2019, she received a London Writers Award in the literary fiction category. Assembly is her first novel.

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Fiona Raye Clarke is an award-winning Trinidadian-Canadian writer and community-engaged artist. Her co-created screenplay, Intersecting won the 2017 CineFAM Short Film Challenge and her writing has appeared in various publications online and in print, including the Puritan Town Crier, the Room Magazine blog, and the League of Canadian Poets Chapbook edited by Chelene Knight: These Lands. Her plays have been produced by the rock.paper.sistahz festival and InspiraTo Festival and she is an alumnus of the Banff Centre. She holds a Creative Writing Certificate from Humber College and a Master of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School. 

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3:00pm

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

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