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The Center for Fiction Presents Mateo Askaripour on This Great Hemisphere with Zakiya Dalila Harris

Monday, 7:00 pm EDT July 8, 2024

The Center for Fiction
& Livestreamed

The Center for Fiction welcomes Mateo Askaripour, bestselling author of Black Buck, to celebrate his latest work This Great Hemisphere. The novel is an inventive work of speculative fiction that follows Sweetmint, a woman in the Northwestern Hemisphere who is made a second-class citizen by her birth. After her brother goes missing, she learns that he is the main suspect in the murder of a high-ranking political official. With the next election in the hemisphere days away, Sweetmint starts off on a dangerous manhunt to try to find her beloved brother before it is too late. Named one of the most anticipated titles of 2024 by Book Riot and She Reads, the novel immerses you in a captivating setting as it illuminates dynamics of power and corruption. Joining Askaripour is the New York Times bestselling author of The Other Black Girl, Zakiya Dalila Harris. Harris and Askaripour will discuss the novel and its imaginative futuristic world that mirrors our own. After the conversation, Askaripour will sign books.

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In Conversation

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    Mateo Askaripour

    Mateo Askaripour

    New York Times bestselling author Mateo Askaripour wants people to feel seen. His first novel, Black Buck, takes on racism in corporate America with humor and wit. Askaripour was chosen as one of Entertainment Weekly’s “10 rising stars to make waves,” and Black Buck was a Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick. Most recently, he was named as a recipient of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” prize. This Great Hemisphere is his second novel. He lives in Brooklyn. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter at @AskMateo.

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    Zakiya Dalila Harris

    Zakiya Dalila Harris

    Zakiya Dalila Harris is the author of The Other Black Girl, which was an instant New York Times bestseller and is now a critically acclaimed Hulu Original Series. Her essays and book reviews have appeared in Cosmopolitan, the Guardian, the New York Times, the Rumpus, and elsewhere. She lives in Brooklyn.


    Photo Credit: Mark Elzey