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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.

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Otosirieze is deputy editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize and the 2019 Miles Morland Writing Scholarships. He is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined English and History at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is completing a postgraduate degree in African Studies, and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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