Alexis Okeowo’s A Moonless, Starless Sky is an enthralling work of literary journalism akin to Behind the Beautiful Forevers, and won the 2018 PEN Open Book Award. Telling stories of kidnapped victims of Joseph Kony’s LRA, a Mauritanian campaigning against modern-day slavery, a women’s basketball team in Somalia and a vigilante fighting Boko Haram, it forms a vivid tapestry of African people courageously resisting fundamentalism across the continent. Sally Warhaft meets the author to discuss what the The New York Times has called “a rich and urgently necessary book”.

Alexis Okeowo (International)

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Alexis Okeowo is a magazine writer and screenwriter, and a former fellow at New America. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, the Financial Times, The Best American Travel Writing, and The Best American Sports Writing. The daughter of immigrant parents, Okeowo grew up in Alabama and attended Princeton University. She was based in Lagos, Nigeria, from 2012 to 2015, and now lives in Brooklyn. Her first book, A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism In Africa, is a vivid narrative of Africans who are courageously resisting their continent’s wave of fundamentalism.

Sally Warhaft (Australian)

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Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer and the host of the Wheeler Centre’s live journalism series, the Fifth Estate, now in its sixth year. She is a former editor of The Monthly magazine and the author of the bestselling book Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia.