Hall Center For The Humanities


Aminatta Forna
Novelist and Sterling Brown Visiting Professor, Williams College

"Writing War: Civil Conflict and Memory"
Special Events – (Frances & Floyd Horowitz Lecture)

Thu., Nov. 14, 2013, 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Book signing to follow
Location: Hall Center Conference Hall

Aminatta Forna will discuss her upcoming novel, The Hired Man, which takes place in the Croatian town of Gost, deeply affected by the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s. Grappling with war, memory, and identity rests at the center of the narrative. As Frances Perraudin in The Guardian notes, "The Hired Man is an ingenious examination of the kind of ghosts that those with no experience of war are unable to see." The book will become available in the United States through Bloomsbury in October 2013.

Aminatta Forna was born in Glasgow, raised in Sierra Leone and Britain and also spent periods of her childhood in Iran, Thailand and Zambia. She is the award-winning author of two other novels, The Memory of Love and Ancestor Stones, and a memoir, The Devil That Danced on the Water, which was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize. She has also written short stories and essays as well as for radio and television and presented arts magazine and documentary programs. Forna will assume the position of Sterling Brown Visiting Profesor at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, in September.

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