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Monday, March 10, 7:30 PM
Dinaw Mengestu presents All Our Names
Dinaw Mengestu, Ethiopian-born author of the acclaimed novels The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears and How to Read the Air, is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation genius grant, and was named by the New Yorker as one of their “20 Under 40” and by the National Book Foundation as one of their “5 Under 35” Honorees. While Mengestu’s first two novels were narrated from inside of America, his new book All Our Names begins in Africa, with, as Mengestu says, “characters that are full of hope and optimism, and gradually descends into the violence and political repression that led to the current African diaspora.” Already highly praised, All Our Names is a political novel of the costs of revolution that is also a transfixing portrait of love and grace, of the names we are given and the names we earn. Join us for a reading and discussion with one of contemporary literature’s brightest stars.