Novelist Maaza Mengiste will discuss her experiences as a writer working from historical research. She will talk about what it means to create fiction from history and the negotiations along the way.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM  

University Hall, 201
1897 Sheridan Road   
Evanston, IL 60208 

Q&A and book-signing to follow
This event is FREE and open to the public


Teju Cole, "The White Savior Industrial Complex" on Thursday, April 23. The event will take place at 7 PM in the Leverone Auditorium in the Jacobs Center, 2001 Sheridan Rd. The event is free and open to the public.

teju cole


writers festival

Writers in Residence


Spring Quarter 2015 Visiting Writer in Residence MAAZA MENGISTE teaching The Art of Fiction

Maaza Mengiste is a Fulbright Scholar and the award-winning author of Beneath the Lion’s Gaze, selected by the Guardian as one of the 10 best contemporary African books. The novel was named one of the best books of 2010 by Christian Science MonitorBoston GlobePublishers Weekly and other publications. Her fiction and nonfiction writing can be found in the Guardian, the New York Times, BBC Radio 4, Granta, and Lettre International, among other places.

Maaza has won fellowships from Yaddo, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Prague Summer Program, and the Emily Harvey Foundation. She was the 2013 Puterbaugh Fellow and a Runner-up for the 2011 Dayton Literary Peace Prize, as well as a finalist for a Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, an NAACP Image Award, and an Indies Choice Book of the Year Award in Adult Debut. Her second novel, The Shadow King, is forthcoming.