From Houghton Mifflin Harcourt USA, Portobello UK and Commonwealth, Pax Norway, and Ambo-Anthos Netherlands.

WHITEMAN is an extraordinary debut novel about a maverick American relief worker deep in the West African bush. Although funding for his official mandate has been cut off, Jack Diaz refuses to leave his post, a Muslim village in the Ivory Coast, as Christians and Muslims square off for war. Against a backdrop of bloody sectarian conflict and vibrant African life, Jack and his village guardian, Mamadou, learn that hate knows no color, that true heroism waits for us where we least expect it.

During lulls in the violence, Jack learns the cycles of Africa—of hunting in the rainforest, cultivating the yam, navigating the nuances of the language; of witchcraft, storytelling, and chivalry. Despite the omnipresence of AIDS, he courts Djamilla, the stunning Peul girl, meets Mariam, his neighbor's wife, in the darkened forest when the moon is new, and desperately pursues Mazatou, the village flirt. Still, Jack spends many a night alone in his hut, longing for love in a place where his skin color excludes him.

  • The New York Times Book Review Editor's Pick
  • The American Academy of Arts & Letters Sue Kaufman Award, Best First Fiction
  • Finalist, LA Times Art Seidenbaum Award, Best First Fiction
  • Finalist, PEN American Center/Robert Bingham Fellowship Award
  • Finalist, The New York Public Library Young Lions Award
  • Florida Gold Medal for General Fiction
  • A Whiteman Chapter in the 2007 O. Henry Awards Anthology
  • 4 Star People Magazine Critic's Choice
  • Poets & Writers Magazine Best First Fiction
  • Peace Corps Writers Organization Maria Thomas Fiction Award
  • Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award
  • Border's Original Voices Selection
  • Condé Nast Traveler's 'Greatest Fiction Travel Books of All Time' list

The Wall Street Journal and Vanity Fair heralded Whiteman as one of the most anticipated novels of the year, Nerve Magazine nominated it for Best Sex Scene of the Year, and it has debuted to widespread critical acclaim. Read some of the reviews here.


The New York Times (requires registration)

The Guardian

The Common Review


The Mumpsimus Review

Entertainment Weekly

The 2006 tour archive is below. Upcoming tour information will be posted soon.



15 Friday
Candida's World of Books [1541 14th Street N.W.] at 7:30pm


10 Thursday
The Brooke Cherry Literary Book Club, Sarasota FL

11 Friday
Barnes & Noble, Sarasota FL


4 Tues
Crockatt & Powell Bookshop, London, 6pm

6 Thurs
Whiteman's UK Release Party, London


3 Sat
Burke's Books, Park Ridge, IL

6 Tues
The New Yorker's Spring Books Party


1 Mon
Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL

2 Tues
University of Missouri, St. Louis

3 Wed
Shasta College, Redding CA

4 Thurs
Shasta College, Redding CA

5 Fri
Shasta College/ College of the Siskiyous, Weed, CA

6 Sat
Northern California Writers Forum, Redding CA

8 Mon
California State University Chico, CA

9 Tues
Boy’s and Girl’s Club, Chico, CA

10 Wed
Solano College, Solano, CA

15 Mon
UC Santa Barbara

23 Wed
Redding Record Searchlight Book Club, Redding CA

24 Wed
University of Washington, Seattle, Faculty Club, 7 pm
"Nick's Picks" Visiting Author


8 Sat
Circle Books, Sarasota FL 1 pm

10 Mon
Mo Pitkins House of Satisfaction, NYC

11 Tues
Stockton College, Atlantic City

13 Thurs
Newtonville Books, Boston 7:30 pm

14 Fri
Massachusettes Bay Area College, Boston

17 Mon
Emerson College, Boston

18 Tues
Clark University, Worcester, MA

19 Wed
Olsson’s Washington DC

20 Thurs
Virginia Commonwealth University

21 Fri
Hollins College, Roanoke VA

24 Mon
Columbia College, Chicago, IL

25 Tue
University of Notre Dame, South Bend IN

26 Wed
Chicago Humanities Festival/Alliance Francaise 6:15 pm Chicago, IL

27 Thurs
Carthage College, Kenosha WI

28 Fri
Alive One, Chicago

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