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History Adrift: A Conversation with Namwali Serpell

The SLC Language Exchange and Writing Programs are honored to host a conversation with author Namwali Serpell about her debut novel, The Old Drift. Join us on Friday, 5/3 from 12-2PM as she reads from her novel and provides insight into her writing process. To help us plan, please RSVP by Wednesday, 5/1.


About the Author

Namwali Serpell is an associate professor in the UC Berkeley department of English, specializing in the relationship between aesthetic reception, affect, and ethics in contemporary fiction and film. Her previous works of fiction include “Muzungu,” which was selected for the 2009 The Best American Short Stories and “The Sack,” the winner the 2015 Caine Prize for African Writing. Her debut novel, The Old Drift, was released in March 2019 to much critical acclaim. To learn more about her book, visit