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Powell's Books Presents Maaza Mengiste in Conversation With Hannah Giorgis
Set during Mussolini’s 1935 invasion of Ethiopia, Maaza Mengiste’s THE SHADOW KING (W. W. Norton), shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize, takes us back to the first real conflict of World War II, casting light on the women soldiers who were left out of the historical record. At its heart is orphaned maid Hirut, who finds herself tumbling into a new world of thefts and violations, of betrayals and overwhelming rage. In incandescent, lyrical prose, Mengiste breathes life into complicated characters on both sides of the battle line, shaping a heartrending, indelible exploration of what it means to be a woman at war. Mengiste will be joined in conversation by Hannah Giorgis, culture writer at The Atlantic.

Oct 7, 2020 06:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Maaza Mengiste
Maaza Mengiste was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. A Fulbright Scholar and professor in the MFA in Creative Writing & Literary Translation program at Queens College, she is the author of The Shadow King and Beneath the Lion’s Gaze, named one of the Guardian’s Ten Best Contemporary African Books. Her work can be found in The New Yorker, Granta, and the New York Times, among other publications. She lives in New York City.
Hannah Giorgis
Hannah Giorgis is a culture writer at The Atlantic. Her work has appeared in publications including the New York Times magazine, New Yorker, Bon Appétit, The Lifted Brow, and Addis Ababa Noir, the short-story anthology edited by Maaza Mengiste.