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Seattle Reads: 'Homegoing:' A conversation with Yaa Gyasi
Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Seattle Reads: 'Homegoing:' A conversation with Yaa Gyasi
Wherenon-library location
Non-Library LocationOther
AddressLangston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
104 17th Avenue South
AudienceAdults
LanguageEnglish
SummaryCelebrate 20 years of Seattle Reads with featured author, Yaa Gyasi!
DescriptionYaa Gyasi will discuss Homegoing, this year's Seattle Reads selection. She will appear in conversation with local writer Lola Peters.

Homegoing follows the parallel paths of two sisters, born in Ghana in the eighteenth century, each unaware of the other. One marries an Englishman and leads a life of comfort. The other is captured in a raid on her village, imprisoned, and enslaved.

We meet their descendants through eight generations and two continents: from the Gold Coast to the plantations of Mississippi, from the American Civil War to Jazz Age Harlem. This extraordinary novel illuminates slavery’s troubled legacy both for those who were taken and those who stayed—and shows how the memory of captivity has been inscribed on the soul of our nation.
Homegoing was the winner of the PEN/ Hemingway Award, and the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Award, as well as a New York Times and a Washington Post Notable Book. It was named One of the Best Books of the Year by Oprah.com, NPR, Time, Entertainment Weekly and Esquire. Yaa Gyasi was born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. She holds a BA in English from Stanford University and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she held a Dean’s Graduate Research Fellowship. She lives in New York City.

Seattle Reads is a “one book, one city” program, where people are encouraged to read and discuss the same book. It’s designed to deepen engagement in literature through reading and discussion. Everyone is invited to participate in Seattle Reads by reading the featured book, joining in a book discussion, and/or attending programs with the featured writer.

Seattle Reads Homegoing is presented in partnership with Northwest African American Museum, Langston, Black Heritage Society of Washington and the African-American Writers' Alliance. Seattle Reads Homegoing is made possible by The Seattle Public Library Foundation and The Wallace Foundation, with additional support from media sponsors The Seattle Times and KUOW 94.9 Public Radio, and Vintage Books.
View in Catalog"Homegoing" by Yaa Gyasi
NotesLibrary events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

Seattle Reads Homegoing is presented in partnership with Northwest African American Museum, Langston, Black Heritage Society of Washington and the African-American Writers' Alliance. Seattle Reads Homegoing is made possible by The Seattle Public Library Foundation and The Wallace Foundation, with additional support from media sponsors The Seattle Times and KUOW 94.9 Public Radio, and Vintage Books.
PodcastThis event will be recorded for podcast.
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