Sarah Ladipo Manyika | Between Starshine and Clay

This is an Archive of a Past Event

Please join us for a reading of Between Starshine and Clay: Conversations from the African Diaspora by Sarah Ladipo Manyika, renowned Nigerian author and cultural critic, followed by conversation with Stanford Professor Michele Elam.

Just named one of the "100 Most Influential Africans" by New African magazine, Manyika will discuss her powerful collection of conversations with Michelle Obama, Wole Soyinka, Clauda Rankine, Toni Morrison and others, as well as her own insightful essays on race, culture, and gender.

About the Speaker

Between Starshine and Clay

Sarah Ladipo Manyika is a British-Nigerian-American writer of novels, short stories and essays translated into several languages. She is author of the best-selling novel In Dependence (2009) and multiple shortlisted novel Like A Mule Bringing Ice Cream To The Sun (2016), and has had work published in publications including Granta, The Guardian, the Washington Post, and Transfuge among others.

Manyika serves as Board Chair for the women’s writing residency, Hedgebrook; she was previously Board Director for the Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco; and has been a judge for the Goldsmiths Prize, California Book Awards, Aspen Words Literary Prize, and Chair of judges for the Pan-African Etisalat Prize. Manyika is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.


Co-sponsored by the Department of English; the Center for African Studies; the American Studies Program; the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, the Program in African and African American Studies, the Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies;  and the Stanford Humanities Center