VISITING WRITERS SERIES: YAA GYASI
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Yaa Gyasi was born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. She holds a BA in English from Stanford University and an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she held a Dean’s Graduate Research Fellowship.
Her New York Times bestseller, Homegoing, traces the lives of two half-sisters—one sold into slavery, the other married to a British slaver—and the generations of family who follow, as their destinies lead them through two continents and three hundred years of history.
Homegoing won the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Award for best first book and the National Book Foundation’s “5 under 35” honors for 2016.
This event is free, but will be ticketed. Please check back for ticket information in the coming weeks.
VISITING WRITERS SERIES
The Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series at Butler University regularly hosts public readings and Q & A sessions with some of the most influential people in contemporary literature. Not only have authors like Toni Morrison, Billy Collins, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Gwendolyn Brooks, Nick Hornby, Margaret Atwood, Allen Ginsberg and Amy Tan shared their work with the Indianapolis community, but they have interacted directly with undergraduate and graduate students in Butler’s English classes and MFA program.
Students can also choose to take a 300-level English course that features the work of authors in the Visiting Writers Series. Students in this course are invited to join English faculty in a private dinner given for each writer when he or she visits the campus as well as introduce the writers at the public readings.
The program is coordinated by the Department of English and offers an average of 12 events each year, all of which are free and open to Butler students as well as the Indianapolis community, making the Butler University Visiting Writers Series the largest and most comprehensive of its kind.
To make special arrangements for school groups, book clubs, and community organizations, call 317-940-9861.
The Visiting Writers Series appreciates the generous support of the NEH Ayres Fund and the Vivian S. Delbrook Fund.