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Welcome Yeni, our SECOND Programming Assistant

June 12, 2017

This year, we have so much to do that we’ve expanded our team again! Our second programming assistant, Yeni Adeyemo, started at the beginning of June and will be with us until the festival at the end of the September. We’re thrilled to have her part of The Word On The Street’s family as she helps primarily with our TFO Franco Stage. According to tradition, we are required to ask incoming team members the following questions – and we’re not ones to stray from a good tradition. Read on to learn a little more about Yeni.


1. What part of reading brings you the most joy?

The getting away from the world part. 🙂


2. What books are you reading now?

To Look A Nazi In the Eye by Kathy Kacer (which is not out yet. Feeling privileged), The Shack by William P Young and I just finished Zadie Smith’s On Beauty.


3. Have you ever fallen in love with a character from a book?

Not from a book because I think books go into the parts of the mind that are usually hidden or filtered. I’m learning I like the filters. So no, not books but many unrealistic TV/movie characters. Alex “Hitch” Hitchens from Hitch, for example.


4. What does your reading space look like?

My bed. In an ideal world, it probably would still be my bed, just a fancier bed. Or maybe a window seat with translucent bed curtains separating me from the rest of the room. Yes, very specific – it was my childhood dream. Not so much anymore.


5. Do you judge a book by its cover? Don’t worry, we won’t judge you.

I do in fact judge books by their cover. Apart from considering the content, most of the books I pick up when I’m just browsing in a bookstore are books with covers that caught my eye because the designer got it just right. And you can judge me if you like because I’ve gone as far as to not read a version of George Orwell’s 1984 because the cover didn’t have the right aesthetic (I read it digitally instead).

Usually, that only happens with re-issues of books. I find that with first-time prints, there’s usually a little more effort put into getting the aesthetics right. And, if I miss out it’s my loss, right?


6. If you could chat with any writer, living or dead, whether they speak English or not, what would be your first question for them?

Huh, I’ve never thought about this before. It would probably be Jane Austen. My question would be  “How has your day been?” I don’t usually enjoy small talk but I have a feeling Austen would have something interesting to say. Otherwise, “What are you reading right now?”


7. If you could commission a sequel to any book you wanted, which one would it be? And, if you’re brave enough, what would you want it to be called?

There are not many books that leave me wanting more, maybe I’m easily satisfied when it comes to books. There was a book I read when I was thirteen but I can’t remember the name of it. I was very upset that it ended without what I thought would have been some closure. The teenage boy in the book, apart from dealing with problems at home, had been involved with a “bad” girl type (she might have been pregnant when they met, I can’t remember). After he had gotten in trouble quite a few times, he decided to sever ties with her. At the end of the book, it was years later and he saw her at a bus stop. She hadn’t seen him but the book ends with him considering whether he should say hi. Why would the author begin a new narrative and then end there? And I don’t think it was part of a series either because I’m pretty sure I checked. I would probably still read the sequel if I came across it one day…maybe.

(Beware, I might be misremembering the details of the book.)


8. If you could come back in another life as an edible crop, what would you want to be? And what dish would you want to be made into?

Without a doubt, potatoes so I can be turned into french fries – crisp french fries, not the soggy kind.


9. The music stopped. She died. Explain. 

She could not believe that music in a language she did not understand could make her feel emotions she could not name. She had entered a new realm.