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Syracuse Reads 2018-19: Born a Crime: About Trevor Noah

Discover resources for students and faculty related to Trevor Noah's Born a Crime, the 2018-19 Syracuse Reads selection

Born a Crime

"I grew up in South Africa during apartheid, which was awkward because I was raised in a mixed family, with me being the mixed one in the family. My mother, Patricia Nombuyiselo Noah, is black. My father, Robert, is white. Swiss/German, to be precise, which Swiss/Germans invariably are. During apartheid, one of the worst crimes you could commit was having sexual relations with a person of another race. Needless to say, my parents committed that crime."

Trevor Noah, Born a Crime (p. 21)

Trevor Noah: Beyond the Book

Did you know that Trevor Noah's favorite fictional hero is Henry Sugar from Roald Dahl’s “The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar," while his favorite villain is Lord Voldemort from the Harry Potter series? Or that the three people he'd invite to a literary dinner party would be J. K. Rowling, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Nelson Mandela? Learn more about Trevor Noah, his upcoming comedy tour, and the work he's been doing by visiting his website.

Trevor Noah's Comedy Specials (Netflix subscription required)

Have a subscription to Netflix? Then check out the links below to watch Trevor Noah's comedy specials. You can also stream additional videos if you're a member of Onondaga County Public Libraries.

Trevor Noah on PBS's Breaking Big (Video)

Why and how did some of the world's most influential artists, innovators, athletes and leaders break big? Talented men and women recount their most difficult, dramatic and serendipitous turning points on PBS's Breaking Big. In this episode, learn how Noah, born and raised in South Africa, used his painful life stories to create a unique voice on the international comedy circuit. See how his tumultuous upbringing helped him secure one of the most coveted jobs in late-night television. (26m 11s)

Trevor Noah on CSPAN - Book TV (Video)

Four minute excerpt from Trevor Noah's discussion of his book, Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood - at 2016's Miami Book Fair.  Visit CSPAN to view the full video recording of Noah's remarks from his appearance, as recorded for CSPAN's Book TV (1 hr and 2 mins).