Dallas resident Frank T. Kryza will discuss his new book, The Race for Timbuktu, in a special guest appearance and book signing at The University of Texas at Dallas’ Eugene McDermott Library on Tuesday, Feb. 28. The hour-long lecture will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the library’s McDermott Suite. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Kryza’s narrative history covers the first phase of the colonization of Africa, beginning around 1800, which would see nearly the entire continent occupied by European nations in less than 100 years. He offers a close look at the people and pivotal events of 19th century African exploration. Drawing upon the detailed correspondence of a British army officer, Kryza describes Major Alexander Gordon Laing’s arduous and dangerous trek across the Sahara to be the first European in centuries to reach Timbuktu in West Africa.
Kryza spent 11 years in Africa. He began his writing career in 1972 in Connecticut as a staff reporter for The New Haven Journal-Courier. From 1982 to 1997, he worked for Atlantic Richfield Company in the areas of finance, planning and external affairs and in such locations as California, Texas and Africa. Born in 1950 in the Dominican Republic, he is a 1972 graduate of Yale University and a 1982 graduate of the Yale School of Management.The Race for Timbuktu (HarperCollins, 2006) is his second book. He also wrote The Power of Light.
For more information, please contact Tom Koch at (972) 883-4951.