Teju Cole is a writer, art historian, and street photographer. His first novel, "Open City" (Random House, 2011), won the PEN/Hemingway Award for First Fiction, the New York Society Library Award for Fiction, and the Rosenthal Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the New York Public Library Young Lions Award. He is also the author of "Every Day Is For the Thief," a novella with photographs (Cassava Republic Press, 2007).
Born in the United States to Nigerian parents, Cole grew up in Nigeria. He received his M.Phil in 16th-century northern European visual culture from Columbia University, where he is working on his Ph.D. Currently Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College, Cole is at work on a nonfiction narrative about Lagos called "Small Fates."