Global Diaspora Fiction

Fri. March 20, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903


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Amitav Ghosh (Gun Island), Helon Habila (Travelers), and Mimi Lok (Last of Her Name) discuss their novels exploring personal and political impacts of contemporary diaspora. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

Unable to attend? This program will be livestreamed on the Virginia Festival of the Book  Facebook page and archived for future viewing.

Why should you attend?

“[Gun Island] is an intellectual romp that traces Bengali folklore, modern human trafficking, and the devastating effects of climate change across generations and countries… Ghosh writes with deep intelligence and illuminating clarity about complex issues. This ambitious novel memorably draws connections among history, politics, and mythology.”—Publishers Weekly

“Habila evokes the visceral, heartbreaking anguish of the outsider’s dilemma… Guaranteed to promote empathy and understanding for refugees worldwide.”—Library Journal, starred review

“Lok has written the kind of understated book you catch yourself thinking about weeks after you finish it. Absorbing and deeply human, these characters—who either live in China or are of the Chinese diaspora—feel more like people you might’ve known than like fictitious renderings of Lok’s imagination. A pleasure to read and mull over for days.”—Siobhan Jones, The New York Times

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