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Author/Agent: Petina Gappah and Eric Simonoff Present Out of Darkness, Shining Light


Admission and $10 off at our bookstore.

September 16, 2019 Monday, 7:00 pm

Petina Gappah’s novel Out Of Darkness, Shining Light is both exquisitely researched and wonderfully imaginative. Hear Gappah and her agent, Eric Simonoff talk about the book and how it came to be.

  • Petina Gappah by Henry Oliver Hakulandaba

    Petina Gappah

    Petina Gappah

    Petina Gappah is an award-winning and widely translated Zimbabwean writer. She is the author of two novels, Out of Darkness, Shining Light, The Book of Memory, and two short story collections, Rotten Row and An Elegy for Easterly. Her work has also been published in, among others, The New Yorker, Der Spiegel, The Financial Times, and The Africa Report. For many years, Petina worked as an international trade lawyer at the highest levels of diplomacy in Geneva where she advised more than seventy developing countries from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America on trade law and policy. Petina has also been a DAAD Writing Fellow in Berlin, an Open Society Fellow and a Livingstone Scholar at Cambridge University. She has law degrees from Cambridge, Graz University in Austria, and the University of Zimbabwe. She currently lives in Harare.

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    Eric Simonoff

    Eric Simonoff

    Eric Simonoff is a literary agent and Global Co-Head of the WME Literary Department.  Among the clients he represents are Jhumpa Lahiri, Phil Klay, Edward P. Jones, Jonathan Lethem, ZZ Packer, Daniel Alarcon, Petina Gappah, Philipp Meyer, Stacy Schiff, Sam Lipsyte, Yaa Gyasi, Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, Carl Zimmer, Mary-Louise Parker, Trenton Lee Stewart, Calvin Trillin, Buzz Bissinger, Karen Thompson Walker, Stephen Chbosky, Jessica Shattuck, Ariel Levy, The New Yorker Magazine, and many others. In 2016, he received the Maxwell E. Perkins Award from the Center for Fiction.