Upcoming CWA Events and Literary Events Across Campus

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 6:00-7:30 pm
Annie May Swift Hall Peggy Dow Helmerich Auditorium, 1st floor 1920 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL http://maps.northwestern.edu/facility/122

 When Fiction Tells the Truest Truth: a conversation between journalist Alex Kotlowitz and novelist Maaza Mengiste

Join us for an evening of lively discussion. Q&A to follow, plus a book-signing.

Free and open to the public.

Co-sponsored by The MFA in Documentary Media, Northwestern's School of Communication


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. Her second novel, The Shadow King, is forthcoming. Mengiste writes fiction and nonfiction dealing with migration, the Ethiopian revolution, and the plight of sub-Saharan immigrants arriving in Europe. She has completed a documentary project, GIRL RISING, with 10x10 Films, that focuses on girls’ education globally and features the voices of several noted actors, including Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Alicia Keys, and Cate Blanchett. She will br the CWA writer-in-residence for Spring Quarter 2015 teaching the art of fiction.

Alex Kotlowitz, CWA Writer in Residence for Winter Quarter 2014 teaching the art of non-fiction. Award-winning author of There Are No Children HereThe Other Side of the River, and Never a City So Real. Contributor to The New York Times Magazine and public radio’s This American Life. For his documentary film The Interrupters, which premiered at Sundance, he received an Emmy and Indpendent Spirit Film Award. Alex Kotlowitz is renowned for his narratives of individuals whose life experiences illuminate broad aspects of our nation’s social and political landscape.