In reference to the year she spent journeying with the Fulani in Africa, the world’s largest remaining nomadic group, the Christian Science Monitor
Anna Badkhen’s gift as a “storyteller able to render the strange and different both familiar and engrossing… She observes and documents personalities and relationships, animals and seasons, and her own experiences in a foreign land with a great deal of thought and care.” Biographile
raves that “Badkhen is capable of writing staggeringly vivid passages that set scenes marvelously…. The prose and the images are vivid, poetic, and tactile.” In Walking With Abel
, which Riverhead published on August 4, Anna accompanies a Fulani family on their migration across the Sahara, and learns about how political, social, and agricultural changes are affecting their centuries-old way of life. Anna shows how “[The Fulani] live in the here and now in ways the modern world has lost even the memory of” (BookPage
) in a book that is being praised for its “graceful prose” (Minneapolis Star Tribune
) and “beautiful passages” (Boston Globe
). Badkhen also appeared on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show, and answered questions from Fulani-American callers. To celebrate the publication of WALKING WITH ABEL, Badkhen spoke at PENN Center on August 4 with food catered by Fulani-owned restaurant Kilimandjaro, and again on August 6 with Chris Beha (Harper’s Magazine
) at Community Bookstore in Brooklyn. Badkhen will continue touring in Texas, Atlanta, and upstate New York.