Virtual Event: Chibundu Onuzo, author of Sankofa, in conversation with Leah Johnson

Parnassus Books is excited to welcome Chibundu Onuzo to celebrate her new book, Sankofa, in conversation with Leah Johnson.

This is a virtual event which will take place on the Parnassus Books Facebook page Monday, October 11th at 6:00pm Central Time.

After the live talk has ended, the video will be archived on the Parnassus Books Facebook page under Videos.

About the Book

Girl, Woman, Other meets An American Marriage in this gripping story of a mixed-race woman who goes in search of the African father she never knew, by a prize-winning writer who brilliantly captures the essence of a people and a place (Nicole Dennis-Benn).

Masterful in its examination of freedom, prejudice, and personal and public inheritance, Sankofa is a story for anyone who has ever gone looking for a clear identity or home, and found something more complex in its place.

Anna is at a stage of her life when she's beginning to wonder who she really is. She has separated from her husband, her daughter is all grown up, and her mother--the only parent who raised her--is dead.

Searching through her mother's belongings one day, Anna finds clues about the African father she never knew. His student diaries chronicle his involvement in radical politics in 1970s London. Anna discovers that he eventually became the president--some would say dictator--of a small nation in West Africa. And he is still alive...

When Anna decides to track her father down, a journey begins that is disarmingly moving, funny, and fascinating. Like the metaphorical bird that gives the novel its name, Sankofa expresses the importance of reaching back to knowledge gained in the past and bringing it into the present to address universal questions of race and belonging, the overseas experience for the African diaspora, and the search for a family's hidden roots.

About the Author

Chibundu Onuzo was born in Lagos, Nigeria and lives in London. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and regular contributor to The Guardian, she is the winner of a Betty Trask Award, has been shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Commonwealth Book Prize, and the RSL Encore Award, and has been longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and Etisalat Literature Prize. The author of Welcome to LagosSankofa is her third novel.

About Leah Johnson

Leah Johnson is a writer, editor and eternal Midwesterner. Her bestselling debut YA novel, You Should See Me in a Crown is a 2021 Stonewall Honor Book and Lambda Literary Finalist, was the inaugural Reese’s Book Club YA Pick, and was named a best book of the year by Cosmo, Marie Claire, Parents, BuzzFeed, and New York Public Library among others. When she’s not writing, you can usually find her teaching her creative writing students, or on Twitter at @byleahjohnson, ranting about pop culture and politics. Her sophomore novel, Rise to the Sun is now available. Visit her at

Event date: 
Monday, October 11, 2021 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Virtual event: Parnassus Books Facebook page (link above)
Sankofa: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781646220830
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Catapult - October 5th, 2021