Black Mountain Institute presents Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah


Sep. 14, 2023, 6pm to 7:30pm

Campus Location

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, sitting on steps and wearing a floral shirt, looks towards the camera in this photo


The Black Mountain Institute presents a free reading with Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, author of the new novel Chain-Gang All-Stars and acclaimed story collection Friday Black.

Chain-Gang All-Stars, Adjei-Brenyah’s highly anticipated debut novel, imagines a near-future world in which incarcerated people can trade their sentences to compete in to-the-death combat with other prisoners, televised as pay-per-view sporting events. The book offers a bracing critique of America’s real-world treatment of prisoners as the story follows top competitor Loretta Thurwar, who is on the brink of winning the Criminal Action Penal Entertainment (CAPE) network's ultimate prize: her freedom.

Adjei-Brenyah's work has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Esquire, The Paris Review, and elsewhere. He was a National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” honoree, the winner of the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award and the Saroyan Prize, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Award for Best First Book, along with many other honors. A book signing will follow the reading.

Copies of Adjei-Brenyah’s books will be available for sale on-site by The Writer’s Block.


Free, but ticket required

Admission Information

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  • At the UNLV Performing Arts Center Box Office - Conveniently located on the north-east end of campus attached to the south face of the parking garage; view maps and directions for more information
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Event Parking

UNLV Performing Arts Center patrons are welcome to park in the Cottage Grove Parking Garage, where limited free parking will be available for this event on the 5th and 6th floors, starting at 5 p.m. the day of the event. 

Contact Information

Performing Arts Center Box Office

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