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Immersive Book Launch: Maaza Mengiste Presents The Shadow King with Hannah Giorgis


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Tuesday, 7:00 pm September 24, 2019

We are excited to host Maaza Mengiste’s book launch, which is inspired by the immersive experience of reading her new novel The Shadow King. Following a conversation between Maaza and writer Hannah Giorgis, guests will enjoy hors d’oeurves for the evening, from our neighbors, Bati Kitchen, and be among the first to see Maaza’s exhibit of archival photographs featuring the women warriors who inspired The Shadow King on display in our member lounge. Presented in collaboration with MoCADA.

  • Mengiste Maaza Photographer Credit Nina Subin

    Maaza Mengiste

    Maaza Mengiste

    Maaza Mengiste is a novelist and essayist. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright Scholar Program, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Creative Capital. Her debut novel, Beneath the Lion’s Gaze, was selected by The Guardian as one of the 10 best contemporary African books and named one of the best books of 2010 by Christian Science Monitor, Boston Globe, and other publications.  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. Maaza’s fiction and nonfiction examine the individual lives at stake during migration, war, and exile, and considers the intersections of photography and violence. She was a writer on the documentary projects, Girl Rising and The Invisible City: Kakuma. Her second novel, The Shadow King, will be published in September 2019.

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    Hannah Giorgis

    Hannah Giorgis

    Hannah Giorgis is a Brooklyn-based writer and the daughter of Ethiopian immigrants. She is a staff writer at The Atlantic, and her work has appeared in publications including the New York Times magazine, The New Yorker, the Lifted Brow, and Pitchfork.

  • Bati Kitchen, owned by Hibsist Legesse, is located in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Since 2007, the restaurant has served up delicious, classic Ethiopian food to be enjoyed in the traditional manner–no utensils or individual plates with a generous helping of injera. They will serve a delicious array of hors d’oeurves for the evening.

About MoCADA

The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) uses the visual and performing arts as a point of departure for exploring new artistic production across a variety of disciplines. Through exhibitions and programming, MoCADA incites dialogue on pressing social and political issues facing the African Diaspora and fosters a dynamic space for the creation and continuous evolution of culture.

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