Yaa Gyasi: Online

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Yaa Gyasi: Online

Monday, November 16, 2020 7:30 pm PST

11/16/2020 7:30 pm 11/16/2020 America/Los_Angeles Yaa Gyasi: Online https://lectures.org/event/yaa-gyasi/ lectures.org

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Yaa Gyasi is the author of Homegoing, one of the most celebrated debut novels of 2016. A riveting, kaleidoscopic novel, Homegoing is a story of race, history, ancestry, love, and time that traces the descendants of two sisters torn apart in eighteenth-century Africa across three hundred years in Ghana and AmericaGyasi’s new book, Transcendent Kingdom, is a powerful, raw, intimate, deeply layered novel about a Ghanaian family in Alabama. This pre-recorded event will be moderated by novelist Imbolo Mbue.

This event will be pre-recorded and online only.

All Literary Arts Series, Create Your Own Series, and Super SAL subscribers (except Student/25 & Under and complimentary subscriptions) receive Gyasi’s forthcoming book, Transcendent Kingdom.

Transcendent Kingdom is a portrait of a family of Ghanaian immigrants ravaged by depression and addiction and grief—a novel about faith, science, religion, love. The novel centers around Gifty, a sixth-year PhD candidate in neuroscience at Stanford, studying reward-seeking behavior in mice and the neural circuits of depression and addiction. Her brother, Nana, was a gifted high school athlete who died of a heroin overdose after an ankle injury left him hooked on OxyContin. Her suicidal mother is living in her bed. Gifty is determined to discover the scientific basis for the suffering she sees all around her. But even as she turns to the hard sciences to unlock the mystery of her family’s loss, she finds herself hungering for her childhood faith and grappling with the evangelical church in which she was raised, whose promise of salvation remains as tantalizing as it is elusive.

An important new literary voice, Gyasi’s writing has been praised by National Book Award winner Ta-Nehisi Coates as “an inspiration” and “what happens when you pair a gifted literary mind to an epic task.” In September 2016, she was chosen by Coates as one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” honorees.

Born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama, Gyasi is a graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and lives in Berkeley, California. She is the winner of the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize, the PEN/Hemingway Award for Best First Novel, and was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize. Homegoing also was a winner at the 2017 Audie Awards, and a Seattle Reads pick for 2018.

Imbolo Mbue, our moderator for this event, is the author of the bestselling debut Behold the Dreamers, the story of a young Cameroonian couple whose new lives in New York are upended by the Great Recession. The novel won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, was an Oprah’s Book Club selection, and was named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times and the Washington Post. Her second novel, How Beautiful We Were, is forthcoming in 2021. Learn more here.

Event Details

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Need access to the digital event?

Most tickets have been emailed for Gyasi’s event, so be sure to check your inbox for an email from boxoffice@lectures.org. Call us at 206-621-2230 x10 if you can’t find them.

Your e-tickets, which come attached in a PDF with your ticket order confirmation email as well, will contain your digital access password. Return to the event page the night of the event at lectures.org and enter the password where prompted. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. (PST) and will be available for viewing for a week after the event.

SAL will also send an email the day of the event, containing the same information. If you have opted out of receiving SAL emails, you will miss this important information—please email us at boxoffice@lectures.org and we will assist you.

Have a question for the speaker?

Want to ask Yaa Gyasi something? Send your question to SAL’s Associate Director at rahoogs@lectures.org—it might be asked during the event!

Books

Literary Arts Series, Create Your Own Series, and Super SAL subscribers receive a copy of Transcendent Kingdom. You should receive a Gyasi Book Ticket with your admission ticket. Books will be mailed directly to your home from Elliott Bay Book Company.

Note: Student/25 & Under and complimentary subscriptions do not receive a book.

Accessibility

Closed or Open Captioning is an option for people who have hearing loss, where captioning displays the words that are spoken or sung at the bottom of the video image, or in a separate viewer window. Captioning is available for all online events. Links to open captioning for live events will be shared in your pre-event email and on the event page beneath the video and within the chat. For closed captioning on pre-recorded events, click the “CC” button to view captions during the event.

Sign Language Interpretation is available upon request for Deaf, DeafBlind, and hard of hearing individuals. To make a request for ASL interpretation, please contact us at boxoffice@lectures.org or 206.621.2230×10, or select Sign Language Interpretation from the Accessibility section during your ticket checkout process, and we will reach out to you to confirm details. Please note: we appreciate a two-week advance notice to allow us time to secure interpretation.

We are pleased to offer these accessibility services for online events, and they are provided at no additional cost to ticket holders. Please contact us with any questions and feedback about how we can be more accessible and inclusive. Our Patron Services Manager is available at boxoffice@lectures.org, or Monday-Friday from 10:00am – 5:00pm at 206.621.2230×10. For more accessibility information, please head to lectures.org/accessibility.

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