Co-presented with Town Hall's GLOBAL VOICES series. An evening of international literary importance is in store as John Dramani Mahama, a writer, former member of Parliament and minister of state, and the present vice president of Ghana, visits with his extraordinary, coming-of-age memoir, My First Coup d'Etat: And Other True Stories from the Lost Decades of Africa (Bloomsbury). "With crisp yet sweeping prose, John Mahama's memoir, My First Coup d'Etat provides insights into Ghana's, and by extension, Africa's struggle to weather its historical burden and engage with a world much removed from her dilemma. Without sentimentality or condescension, he exposes homegrown African pathologies and helps us understand several contradictions of our postcolonial condition. His is a much welcome work of immense relevance to African studies and deserves serious critical attention." - Chinua Achebe. "Mahama's stories lure the reader into an unforgettable journey in which he interacts with history as a living tissue. The characters and the episodes are part of the everyday but one imbued with magic and suggestive power that go beyond the concrete and the palpable to hint at history in motion." - Ngugi wa Thiong'o. $5 tickets are available at the door starting at 6:30 p.m., or in advance via www.brownpapertickets.com (1-800-838-3006). Town Hall Seattle is at 1119 Eighth Avenue (at Seneca). Preferred seating for Town Hall members. For more information on this evening, please call Elliott Bay at (206) 624-6600, Town Hall at (206) 652-4255, or see www.townhallseattle.org.