Aminatta Forna with Caryl Phillips
One of our favorite writers, in whatever form she writes - fiction, memoir, or with her totally engaging new book of essays, The Window Seat: Notes from a Life in Motion (Grove Press), Aminatta Forna writes of travel and places, their bearing on life and its meaning. That this comes from a time when she, presumably, and most of us have not been in so much motion should make the things she reflects upon and explores here all the more telling.
“If you had to take the middle seat and sit next to anyone with the window seat, Aminatta Forna would be the perfect stranger to talk to. Wise, witty, sensitive, and sophisticated—about travel, politics, globalization, writing, and the nuances of the human heart and soul—Forna has lived a life of which many of us would be envious. Her essays illuminate that life but ours as well, making us understand the many ways we are connected, even if we only see each other from a distance.”—Viet Thanh Nguyen.
“The essays in this magnificent collection are exhilarating and expansive meditations on traveling—and living—in places so consequential and historically significant that they cannot be measured simply by distance. Who are we far from home? What becomes of those who return, and what do we owe to those who stay behind? These are just a few of the questions that Forna raises in this sharply rendered, personal collection. But she doesn’t stop there: by the end, this book invites a reckoning with our rightful place on this earth. Generous in spirit and breathtakingly intelligent, The Window Seat reminds us why Forna is one of our best writers working today.”—Maaza Mengiste.
Aminatta Forna’s books include the memoir The Devil That Danced on Water, and the novels, Ancestor Stones, The Memory of Love, The Hired Man, and the absolutely brilliant Happiness.
Joining Aminatta Forna in conversation will be one of our favorite writers, Caryl Phillips, author, most recently of the novel A View of the Empire at Sunset, as well as a series of extraordinary other novels, and non-fiction works.