Winter parade downtown NYC

New York City Chinatown Little Italy Christmas Parade

New York City Chinatown Little Italy Christmas Parade

Saturday was a really gorgeous winter’s day in New York (it felt like a South African winter day) and since I have a friend staying with me, we headed out for an afternoon of shooting…starting out at Union Sq, making our way down through then East Village, then down to Chinatown, over the Brooklyn Bridge and then to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. The whole Chinatown/Little Italy area downtown sometimes seems surreal – you walk down one street (Mott) and you feel like you’re in Asia; then step one street over to Mulberry and you’re surrounded by Italian restaurants. Anyway while we were there was a parade going on – with drummers, Santas, snowmen – and Chinese dragons. It was a lot of fun to watch especially since we had no idea it was going to be happening.

New York downtown parade

New York downtown parade

New York downtown parade

All things Chimamanda Adichie

Chimamanda Adichie in NYC
This is me with my stupid fan grin getting my copy of Half of a Yellow Sun signed. I could hardly get a word out of my mouth, let alone an intelligent one.

A few weeks ago one of the most amazing things happened to me – and one of the reasons for which I do appreciate New York City for…I got to attend a brilliant talk at the Schomburg Center in Harlem, where one of my favourite writers was speaking – Chimamanda Adichie.

I first came across Chimamanda sometime last year when I listened to her TED talk about the danger of a single story (which I have posted on this blog). Since then I have consumed anything and everything I can by her – all her books, and all her talks, lectures and interviews online.

So I thought it would be useful to put some of these in one virtual space:

TED talks:
– The Danger of a Single Story:

– Why We Should All Be Feminists:

– On Writing:
Adichie Introduction from Public Books on Vimeo. [Read more here: “A Study in African Realism” by IAN BAUCOM http://publicbooks.org/fiction/a-study-in-african-realism

Her books are all fantastic but my favourite is her collection of short stories called The Thing Around Your Neck. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to get into this writer’s works. Some of the stories in this are available online but go and support great work and buy the book. My top four stories are: On Monday of Last Week, Jumping Monkey Hill, The Arrangers of Marriage, and The Headstrong Historian.

Photos from the event at the Schomburg Center – Chimamanda with the other excellent panelists: world historian Romain Bertrand, professor of English and African-American Studies at Columbia Farah Griffin and Siddharta Deb, Associate Professor at The New School.

Chimamanda Adichie in NYC

Chimamanda Adichie in NYC