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Novelist Akwaeke Emezi talks writing a nonbinary novel

The author of The Death of Vivek Oji spoke with the Vox Book Club for our April live event.

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Constance Grady is a senior correspondent on the Culture team for Vox, where since 2016 she has covered books, publishing, gender, celebrity analysis, and theater.

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The Vox Book Club spent April reading Akwaeke Emezi’s The Death of Vivek Oji, a ferocious and kaleidoscopic novel about the mysterious death of a young man in Nigeria. And at the end of the month, we met with Emezi live on Zoom to talk the whole thing through. Together, we discussed who Emezi thinks of themself as writing for, how the love story of Vivek Oji came together, and why Emezi currently has a list of 17 books to write. (One of them is a romance novel!)

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