Nigerian Jesuit Uwem Akpan says his fiction-writing began in the late 1990s as a joke. But it's not a joke any more. In 2005, when he was finishing an MFA in creative writing at the University of Michigan, the New Yorker published one of his stories. And his collection, "Say You're One of Them," was picked as a selection for the Oprah Book Club. He has been working on a new book as a fellow at the Black Mountain Institute at UNLV and he'll be speaking with the other institute fellows this Thursday at 7pm in Greenspun Hall.