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Aminatta Forna.

Aminatta Forna will be in conversation with the Booker Prize winner, Salman Rushdie, to discuss his latest novel, The Golden House. The event is organised by Politics and Prose bookstore in partnership with Sixth and I.

The Sierra Leonean-Scottish Forna is the author of the Samuel Johnson Prize-shortlisted memoir, The Devil That Danced on Water (2002), and three novels: the Hurston Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction-winning Ancestor Stones (2006), the Orange Prize finalist and Commonwealth Prize-winning The Memory of Love (2010), and the IMPAC Award-nominated The Hired Man (2013).

Winner of the 2014 Windham-Campbell Literature Prize, finalist for the 2016 Neustadt Award, and 2017 recipient of the Officer of the British Empire (OBE), Forna is, at the moment, the Lannan Visiting Chair of Poetics at Georgetown University and Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.

Salman Rushdie. Photo credit: NYU.

Here is a description of Rushdie’s The Golden House:

In his thirteenth novel, timeless questions of good and evil bump up against 21st-century issues of identity and immigration. The narrative is told by an anonymous filmmaker whose project is to discover the truth about the mysterious Golden family of Greenwich Village. The patriarch, Nero, is a real-estate tycoon; his sons are a recluse, an artist, and a charmer hiding something even from himself. Slowly, their secrets, betrayals, and brushes with both magic and violence surface. Meanwhile, the city around them erupts in political turmoil during the campaign of a presidential candidate known only as The Joker.

Here are the event details.

Date: Monday, September 25, 2017.

Venue: Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, Washington, DC.

Time: 7 p.m.

Buy the ticket HERE.

Find out more about the event HERE.

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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young was born in Aba, Nigeria, and attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. A finalist for the 2016 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship, his short stories include: “A Tenderer Blessing,” which appears in Transition Magazine and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2015; “Mulumba,” which appears in The Threepenny Review; and “You Sing of a Longing,” which was shortlisted for the inaugural Gerald Kraak Award and appears in Pride and Prejudice, an anthology by The Jacana Literary Foundation and The Other Foundation. His essays appear in Interdisciplinary Academic Essays and in Brittle Paper where he is Deputy Editor. His interviews appear in Africa in Dialogue, Bakwa Magazine, SPRINNG, and Dwartonline. He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. The first, Enter Naija: The Book of Places (October 2016), focuses on Nigerian cities. The second, Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (June 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. A postgraduate student of African Studies, he currently teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu, Nigeria. When bored, he blogs pop culture at naijakulture.blogspot.com or just Googles Rihanna.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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