Sheila Kohler and Maaza Mengiste
Thursday September 27, 2012
|Photo © Miriam Berkley(Mengiste)|
Authors Sheila Kohler (The Bay of Foxes) and Maaza Mengiste (Beneath the Lion's Gaze) read from and discussed their books.
Sheila Kohler is the author of nine novels, most recently Becoming Jane Eyre (2010), Love Child (2011) and The Bay of the Foxes (2012) (all from Penguin books) and three collections of short stories. Kohler has been awarded the O.Henry twice, (1988, 2008), the Open Voice Award (1991), and the Smart Family Foundation prize (October, 2000) and The Willa Cather Prize judged by William Gass for One Girl and the Antioch Review Prize, 2004. Her work has been translated and published widely abroad by Gallimard, France; Klett-Cotta, Germany; Shinchosa, Japan; Distribuidora Rekord, Brazil; Querido, Holland; Jonathan Cape and Bloomsbury in England and Penguin India and will appear in Hungarian, Hebrew, Korean, and Chinese. She has taught creative writing at City College, The Chenango Valley Conference at Colgate, Sarah Lawrence, The New School, Suny Purchase, the West side YMCA, and in Montolieu, France and Columbia university, at Brooklyn College and now teaches at Princeton and Bennington. Her novel Cracks has been filmed with Jordan Scott as director and Ridley Scott as executive producer and Eva Green playing Miss G. She was a visiting writer at the American Academy in Rome in June.
Maaza Mengiste was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and lived in Nigeria and Kenya before settling in the United States. Her debut novel, the critically acclaimed Beneath the Lion’s Gaze, has been translated into several languages and appeared on several “Best of 2010” lists, including Publishers Weekly, Christian Science Monitor and Barnes and Noble. She was a Runner-up for the 2011 Dayton Literary Peace Prize, as well as a finalist for the Center's Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, an NAACP Image Award, and an Indies Choice Book of the Year Award in Adult Debut. Among other places, her work has appeared in The New York Times, Granta, Callaloo Journal, The Granta Anthology of the African Short Story, Lettre Internationale, and on BBC Radio. She is a Fulbright Scholar who has also received fellowships from the Emily Harvey Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Prague Summer Program, and Yaddo. She currently lives in New York City.