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Stories Breaking Through Silence: Aminatta Forna in Conversation with Sarah Ladipo Manyika

Thursday, October 10, 2013
5:30pm - 8pm
North America

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Join the International Museum of Women in association with the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) for an evening event with Aminatta Forna, in conversation with Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Lecturer/Writer and MoAD Board Member.

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From human rights in Africa to the importance of education for girls and boys and now the impact of war and the silence that follows in Croatia; hear from one of contemporary Africa's important and perceptive chroniclers as she joins us to discuss her newest novel, The Hired Man, set in a Croatian town that is still recovering from the indelible effects of war.

Event details: Thursday, October 10, Registration and wine reception at 5:30 p.m., program and Q&A at 6:15 p.m., followed by book sales and signing. Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), 685 Mission Street, San Francisco. Ticket prices are $15 for general admission, $5 for IMOW and MoAD members and outreach partner organization members. Purchase tickets now>>

Aminatta Forna was raised in Sierra Leone and Britain and now divides her time between London and Sierra Leone. She is the award-winning author of The Memory of Love, The Devil that Danced on the Water, and a memoir of her dissident father, Ancestor Stones. Aminatta is Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and currently holds the post of Sterling Brown Distinguished Visiting Professor at Williams College, Massachusetts. Her books have been translated into fifteen languages, and her work has appeared in The Sunday Times, The Observer, Granta, The Times, The Observer and Vogue.

Aminatta is an IMOW Global Council Member and a Fellow and Council member of the Royal Society of Literature and sits on the Board of the National Theatre of Great Britain, the General Committee of the Royal Literary Fund and the Council of the Caine Prize for African Writing. She is a member of the Folio Academy and has acted as judge for a number of literary awards. Most recent she was a judge for the 2013 International Man Booker Prize. In 2003 Aminatta established the Rogbonko Project to build a school in her family's village of Rogbonko in Sierra Leone. The charity now runs a number of projects in the spheres of education, sanitation, and maternal health.

Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Lecturer/Writer and MoAD Board Member, was raised in Nigeria and has lived in Kenya, France, and England. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and currently teaches literature at San Francisco State University. Her writing includes essays, academic papers, reviews and short stories. Sarah's first novel, In Dependence, is published by Legend Press (London) and Cassava Republic Press (Abuja).

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Thank you to Wells Fargo for generously supporting this special evening.

Special thanks to our outreach partners AWDF USA, Global Fund for Women, PBWC, and Priority Africa Network.

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