The 20th Anniversary of Seattle Reads, the groundbreaking community-wide reading group that began in 1998 with Russell Banks and The Sweet Hereafter, continues as strongly as ever. This year it is Yaa Gyasi with her award-winning debut novel, Homegoing (Vintage), which she first read in Seattle at Elliott Bay. Many more know of this extraordinary book now, and will even better, as part of Seattle Reads. She will make a number of appearances on May 16 and 17, highlighted by this evening at Central Library.
“Thanks to Ms. Gyasi’s instinctive storytelling gifts, the book leaves the reader with a visceral understanding of both the savage realities of slavery and the emotional damage that is handed down, over the centuries . . . By its conclusion, the characters’ tales of loss and resilience have acquired an inexorable and cumulative emotional weight.” —The New York Times.
“Homegoing is an inspiration.” —Ta-Nehisi Coates.
Homegoing received the PEN/Hemingway Award and the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Award, among other honors.
Presented by the Seattle Public Library. Free admission. Click below for more information.