Dinaw Mengestu with Penn Szittya

Wednesday 16 November 2011
7:00 pm
Where:   Lensic Performing Arts Center

211 West San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501
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 : Dinaw Mengestu

Dinaw Mengestu was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 1978. In 1980 he immigrated to the United States with his mother… Read full bio.

 : Penn Szittya

Penn Szittya has taught literature at Boston University, Emory, Princeton, Johns Hopkins, and Georgetown University,… Read full bio.

About this Event

Dinaw Mengestu read from his work, then was followed by a conversation with Penn Szittya, former Chair of the Georgetown University Department of English when Mr. Mengestu began work on his acclaimed novel, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears.

The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears (is) “a great African novel, a great Washington novel, and a great American novel.”  — New York Times Book Review

As a writer, it’s a great narrative tool to have that character who is slightly detached but at the same time observant of his reality, because I think that’s pretty much what being a writer is— being there, watching and internalizing.
— Dinaw Mengestu

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Dinaw Mengestu was introduced by Penn Szittya, then read from his work
Dinaw Mengestu in conversation with Penn Szittya

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