A Reading by Dinaw Mengestu @ Bard

Event date: 
Monday, September 23, 2019 - 4:45pm
Event address: 
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
31 Campus Rd
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504

Dinaw Mengestu reads from his work. Presented by the Written Arts Program and introduced by Richard B. Fisher Family Professor of Writing and Literature Mary Caponegro, the reading is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required. Books will be available for sale, courtesy of Oblong Books & Music.

Dinaw Mengestu
Dinaw Mengestu came to the United States with his family from Ethiopia at the age of two. Since earning his MFA at Columbia University in 2005, he has published three novels, all of them New York Times Notable Books, including How to Read the Air (Riverhead, 2010), The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears (Riverhead, 2007), and his most recent, All Our Names (Knopf, 2014). A 2012 MacArthur Foundation Fellow, Mengestu also earned a 2007 National Book Foundation Under 35 Award and was included on the New Yorker’s “20 Under 40” list in 2010. He is the recipient of a Lannan Fiction Fellowship, Guardian First Book Award, and Los Angeles Times Book Prize, among numerous other awards. His work has been translated into more than 15 languages. Mengestu is also a freelance journalist who has reported from sub-Saharan Africa about life in Darfur, northern Uganda, and eastern Congo, and has had his work published in Harper’sGranta, Rolling Stone, the New Yorker, and the New York Times. He has taught writing at Brooklyn College and Georgetown University and is currently the director of Bard’s Written Arts Program. Author image by Michael Lionstar.

For more information, call 845-752-4454, e-mail writtenarts@bard.edu, or visit http://writtenarts.bard.edu/

“You can’t turn the pages fast enough, and when you’re done, your first impulse is to go back to the beginning and start over. . . . While questions of race, ethnicity, and point of origin do crop up repeatedly in Mengestu’s fiction, they are merely his raw materials, the fuel with which he so artfully—but never didactically—kindles disruptive, disturbing stories exploring the puzzles of identity, place, and human connection.” Malcolm Jones, New York Times 

“Mengestu portrays the intersection of cultures experienced by the immigrant with unsettling perception. . .” Publishers Weekly

“Subtly powerful . . . Sharp . . . We need globe-straddlers like Mengestu to show us that love, like hate, respects no borders.” Boris Kachka

All Our Names Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345805669
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - January 6th, 2015

How to Read the Air Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594485398
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - October 4th, 2011

The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594482854
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - February 5th, 2008