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Helen Oyeyemi Helen Oyeyemi TUE, APR 25, 2017, 7:30 PM Benaroya Hall \ S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium Co-Presented by The Seattle Times  

"While What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours is linked loosely by keys […], the collection is even more urgently united by the author’s playful, inventive sensibility. Oyeyemi has created a universe that dazzles and wounds."—Laura van den Berg, the New York Times

"Flawless. . . another masterpiece from an author who seems incapable of writing anything that’s less than brilliant." —Michael Schuab, NPR (on What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours)

"I read so much that I'm already in other places, so it's just a difficulty in even knowing where I am at any given time." —Helen Oyeyemi

Helen Oyeyemi is the author of five novels, including White is for Witching, which won a 2010 Somerset Maugham Award, and Mr Fox, which won a 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. In 2013, Oyeyemi was named one of Granta's Best Young British Novelists. Her story collection What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours was published in March 2016.

Selected Works:

Boy, Snow, Bird
Mr. Fox
White is for Witching
The Opposite House
The Icarus Girl

Short story collections:
What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours (2016)


Keys are the Key to 'What is Not Yours'
'What is Not Yours' is Flawless
Helen Oyeyemi on the Politics - or not - of Writing Black Female Characters
New York Times Review of 'What is Not Yours is Not Yours'
The Guardian: Helen Oyeyemi
Penguin Random House: Helen Oyeyemi



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Public program support provided by 4Culture, Amazon Literary Partnership, ArtsFund, City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Four Seasons Hotel Seattle, & Nordstrom.