New York Times East Africa Bureau Chief to speak in Minneapolis

Jeffrey Gettleman, The New York Times East Africa Bureau Chief based in Nairobi, will discuss his new memoir at the Minneapolis Central Library on May 30, 2017 in an event organized by Global Minnesota. Mshale founder and publisher, Tom Gitaa, will moderate the discussion following his presentation. Photo: Courtesy The New York Times

The New York Times East Africa bureau chief and the winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2012 for international reporting, Jeffrey Gettleman, will speak at the Minneapolis Central Library on Tuesday, May 30 at 5pm in a program organized by Global Minnesota (formerly Minnesota International Center).

The event is free and open to the public but registration is required (Link is below).

Gettleman who is based in Nairobi will do a short reading and presentation of his memoir, Love, Africa. His presentation will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with the audience, moderated by Mshale founder and publisher Tom Gitaa.

He will also sign copies of Love, Africa which will be available for sale. The memoir can be purchased in advance on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or IndieBound.

The back cover of the memoir describes it as “A sensually rendered coming-of-age story, a tale of passion, violence, far-flung adventure, tortuous long-distance relationships, screwups, forgiveness, parenthood, and happiness that explores the power of self-discovery in the most unexpected of places.”

The bio on his employer’s website, The New York Times, says Gettleman’s work has appeared in National Geographic, GQ, Foreign Policy and The New York Review of Books.

Gettleman first went to East Africa during a do-it-yourself community-service trip while in college at the age of nineteen. He studied philosophy at Cornell University before winning a Marshall Scholarship to study at Oxford.

He has been the New York Times East Africa bureau chief for the last ten years, fulfilling a long time dream.

His appearance in Minneapolis is presented in partnership with Books for Africa, GHR Foundation, the Hennepin County Library, Ka Joog, and Mshale.

Jeffrey Gettleman, New York Times East Africa Bureau Chief
Where: Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall Minneapolis, MN 55401
Time: Check-in is at 5:00 PM Program is 5:30pm-7:00pm
Registration: Free @ or call 612-625-1662

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