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Wednesday, 12th August, 2020

Maaza Mengiste

Maaza Mengiste

Maaza Mengiste is the author of the novels Beneath the Lion's Gaze, selected by the Guardian as one of the 10 best contemporary African books, and The Shadow King, one of New York Times' Notable Books of 2019 and TIME's 100 Must-Read Books of 2019. She is the recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters award, the Premio il ponte and fellowships from the Fulbright Scholar Programme, the National Endowment for the Arts, Creative Capital and LiteraturHaus Zurich. Her work can be found in The New Yorker, New York Review of Books, Granta, the Guardian, The New York Times, Rolling Stone and BBC, among other places.

Session

The Shadow King:

Maaza Mengiste in conversation with Nandini Nair

Maaza Mengiste was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. A Fulbright scholar and professor at Queens College, she is the author of ‘Beneath the Lion's Gaze’ and a 2018 recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Here, she talks to Nandini Nair about her new novel, ‘The Shadow King’.