Iris Mwanza & David Santos Donaldson

Tuesday, June 25, 7:30 PM
Iris Mwanza presents The Lions' Den

In conversation with David Santos Donaldson

Iris Mwanza presents her debut novel, The Lions' Den, "an evocative, touching, and...moving portrait of Zambian life and politics at a moment of great transformation" (Namwali Serpell, author of The Furrows: An Elegy). Set in the 1990s in Zambia, The Lions’ Den is about fresh-from-the-village rookie lawyer, Grace, who is given her first pro bono case to try in court. Grace is set to defend a young queer dancer, Willbess ‘Bessy’ Mulenga, who has been arrested for offenses “against nature.” Presented with a freshly beaten client, Grace protests to the police and gets barred from accessing Bessy, who then disappears from the system—and the world—without a trace. As she fights for justice for Bessy, Grace must navigate a dangerous world of corrupt politicians, traditional beliefs, and deep-seated homophobia. Iris discusses her work with acclaimed author David Santos Donaldson, along with a reading and book signing.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2024 - 7:30pm

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686 Fulton street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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The Lions' Den By Iris Mwanza Cover Image
ISBN: 9781525819544
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Published: Graydon House - June 25th, 2024

Greenland: A Novel By David Santos Donaldson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063159563
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Published: Amistad - May 16th, 2023

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