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La Bastarda: Literary Quest @ PEN World Voices

  • WESTBETH GALLERY 55 Bethune Street New York, NY, 10014 United States (map)


The artist-residents of this New York cultural institution open their homes and workspaces for intimate salon-style readings and conversations with Festival authors, followed by cocktails in their legendary gallery. With Nachoem WijnbergRupert ThomsonAshley Hay, Susan Kuklin, Basma Abdel Aziz, Ayelet Gundar-Goshen, Trifonia Melibea Obono, Sharon Bala, Demian Vitanza, Alicia Kopf, Hadi NasiriKanchana Ugbabeand Ayse Kulin.

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A teenage orphan’s quest of self-discovery.

"An invaluable contribution to lesbian and gay literary culture.” —Cheryl Clarke, author of Living as a Lesbian

The first novel by an Equatorial Guinean woman to be translated into English, La Bastarda is the story of the orphaned teen Okomo, who lives under the watchful eye of her grandmother and dreams of finding her father. Forbidden from seeking him out, she enlists the help of other village outcasts: her gay uncle and a gang of “mysterious” girls reveling in their so-called indecency. Drawn into their illicit trysts, Okomo finds herself falling in love with their leader and rebelling against the rigid norms of Fang culture.