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Yaa Gyasi

Past Virtual Event
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"Transcendent Kingdom" by Yaa Gyasi Book Cover

I hope that I’m always writing for the parallel version of myself who’s not a writer but is still searching for moments of recognition.

 - Yaa Gyasi 

Award-winning Novelist

Born in Ghana and raised in Alabama, Yaa Gyasi is the author of the novel Homegoing, which Ta-Nehisi Coates described as “what happens when you pair a gifted literary mind to an epic task.” The work earned Gyasi a National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” Award and the National Book Critics Circle’s award for best first book. Her highly anticipated second novel, Transcendent Kingdom, was published in September 2020 and subsequently named to dozens of the year's best books lists.

As a new major voice in American literature, Gyasi is committed to uplifting the stories missing from our history. Gracefully situating her own art within that of her two home nations, Gyasi explores cultural identity and America’s complex and deeply troubled relationship with race. 

For this event, Yaa Gyasi will be led in conversation by Shannon Gibney, author of the Minnesota Book Award-winning Dream Country. 

Proceeds from this event benefit Hennepin County Library. 

  • Access to the on-demand recording of this event expired on Sunday, February 14 at 11:59 p.m.
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