Thanks to everyone who joined us for the reading despite the entirely unexpected eleventh-hour author switch. We truly appreciate your flexibility and open-mindedness.
Lives were changed by Mr. Abani’s words Tuesday night. The applause during his question and answer period was unprecedented; the standing, cheering ovation, extraordinary. The caliber of questions our audience generated and the quality of Mr. Abani’s answers--to quote a number of people who’ve called us with but one word for the night--“fabulous.”
We’ve received numerous requests for more information, for a link to the essay he read, and a general outpouring of enthusiasm. Carolyn Wolfe had this to share:
There aren’t words to properly thank you for the gift that was/is Chris Abani. I’ve never been so moved as I was by him last night. Everything about him – his eloquence, his humanity, his humility, his glowing presence – made it a magical night.
I have to think Nicole Krauss’ flight was delayed just to bring Chris Abani to Boise. We needed him. And I think the Cabin should think of a way to bring him back again, perhaps this time to offer a class?
I’m attaching the link to Chris Abani’s essay that he read last night so you could add that to your website if you so desire.
And here are two other links of powerful interviews:
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Other attendees are spreading the word about Abani through social media. Here’s a blog post with notes from Nathaniel Hoffman at Paleomedia. Tracy Sidell had this to say:
Thank you so much for bringing Chris Abani to Readings and Conversations last night as Nicole Krauss' substitute. He was truly inspiring. I have watched him on TED this morning and plan to read his books. I also posted him on my Facebook page. Too bad others did not show up because of the cancellation as Mr. Abani was truly one of the best speakers I have seen at The Cabin. Thanks again!
As Mr. Abani stated during his Q&A period, “Things we cannot say about ourselves we find in literature.” That’s why we’re all here; why we read, why we write, and why we’re so moved when someone like Chris Abani shows up unexpectedly and teaches us a thing or two about the human condition.
“I applaud your quick response in getting Chris to speak, and feel sorry for all the people who weren’t there last night…I left last night with lots of things to ponder. Chris did a fantastic job, and provided a huge amount of food for thought.”
“One word about last night: Bravo!”
“…such a surprise and such a thoughtful and thought-provoking speaker. I would say that he is one of the best we have had at Readings, and it seems it was pure serendipity! Thank you and the board for taking a deep breath and going with the unknown!”
“I have never been more touched nor understood something I’ve been trying to learn.”
“What a memorable evening…a true reading and conversation. A big Wow!”