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Aminatta Forna with Laila Lalami, Reading, 11 November 2015 – Video

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on November 11, 2015.

This event was part of the Lannan Literary series.

Aminatta Forna is the award-winning author of the novels The Hired Man, The Memory of Love and Ancestor Stones, and a memoir The Devil that Danced on the Water. She was born in Scotland, raised in Sierra Leone and Britain, and spent periods of her childhood in Iran, Thailand and Zambia.

Forna first gained serious literary attention for her memoir, The Devil that Danced on the Water, in which she investigates the murder of her father, Mohamed Forna, a rising star in Sierra Leone’s fledgling democracy. Her novel, Ancestor Stones, encompasses a sweeping view of Africa in the 20th Century, told through the story of Abi, newly returned to Africa from England. Forna’s second novel, The Memory of Love, is set in contemporary Sierra Leone at a hospital where the patients are coping with the wounds – both physical and psychological – from the previous century’s Civil War. Of her recent novel, The Hired Man, John Freeman of The Boston Globe wrote, “Not since Remains of the Day has an author so skillfully revealed the way history’s layers are often invisible to all but its participants.”

Forna is currently a Lannan Visiting Chair at Georgetown University. She is a columnist for The Guardian and was a judge for the 2013 International Man Booker Prize. In 2003, Aminatta established the Rogbonko Project to build a school in a village in Sierra Leone. The charity now runs a number of projects in the spheres of education, sanitation, and maternal health.

In this episode she is introduced by Laila Lalami and then reads from her work. The companion Conversation episode may be found here.

You may learn more about this event on the Lannan website; you may also listen to the audio recording of this event there.

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Aminatta Forna with Laila Lalami, 11 November 2015 – Audio

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on November 11, 2015.

Aminatta Forna with Laila Lalami, 11 November 2015

This event was part of the Lannan Literary series.

Aminatta Forna is the award-winning author of the novels The Hired Man, The Memory of Love and Ancestor Stones, and a memoir The Devil that Danced on the Water. She was born in Scotland, raised in Sierra Leone and Britain, and spent periods of her childhood in Iran, Thailand and Zambia.

Forna first gained serious literary attention for her memoir, The Devil that Danced on the Water, in which she investigates the murder of her father, Mohamed Forna, a rising star in Sierra Leone’s fledgling democracy. Her novel, Ancestor Stones, encompasses a sweeping view of Africa in the 20th Century, told through the story of Abi, newly returned to Africa from England. Forna’s second novel, The Memory of Love, is set in contemporary Sierra Leone at a hospital where the patients are coping with the wounds – both physical and psychological – from the previous century’s Civil War. Of her recent novel, The Hired Man, John Freeman of The Boston Globe wrote, “Not since Remains of the Day has an author so skillfully revealed the way history’s layers are often invisible to all but its participants.”

Forna is currently a Lannan Visiting Chair at Georgetown University. She is a columnist for The Guardian and was a judge for the 2013 International Man Booker Prize. In 2003, Aminatta established the Rogbonko Project to build a school in a village in Sierra Leone. The charity now runs a number of projects in the spheres of education, sanitation, and maternal health.

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Kevin Barry with Ethan Nosowsky, Conversation, 4 March 2015 – Video

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on March 6, 2015.

This event was part of the Lannan Literary series.

Kevin Barry described his home in his native Ireland by saying, “I myself live in County Sligo in what seem like the perfect conditions for a writer–a room looking out on a swampy lake, all very atmospheric, ethereal mists, yadda yadda, and there’s nothing to f—–g do but write.” Barry’s recent story collection, Dark Lies The Island, includes tales of unreformed criminals, awkward youth in love, and middle aged women on a road trip making plans for a kidnapping. Of his original and fresh writing, The Paris Review writes, “Barry’s language drags you into a strange, darkly lyrical world, enacting his own definition of literature as a mode of transport.”

Barry’s first novel, City of Bohane, appeared in the UK in 2011 and went on to win the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and was described by The New Yorker as, “A grizzled piece of futuristic Irish noir with strong ties to the classic gang epics of yore.”

In this episode he is joined in conversation with Ethan Nosowsky. The companion Reading episode may be found here.

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Kevin Barry with Ethan Nosowsky, Reading, 4 March 2015 – Video

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on March 6, 2015.

This event was part of the Lannan Literary series.

Kevin Barry described his home in his native Ireland by saying, “I myself live in County Sligo in what seem like the perfect conditions for a writer–a room looking out on a swampy lake, all very atmospheric, ethereal mists, yadda yadda, and there’s nothing to f—–g do but write.” Barry’s recent story collection, Dark Lies The Island, includes tales of unreformed criminals, awkward youth in love, and middle aged women on a road trip making plans for a kidnapping. Of his original and fresh writing, The Paris Review writes, “Barry’s language drags you into a strange, darkly lyrical world, enacting his own definition of literature as a mode of transport.”

Barry’s first novel, City of Bohane, appeared in the UK in 2011 and went on to win the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and was described by The New Yorker as, “A grizzled piece of futuristic Irish noir with strong ties to the classic gang epics of yore.”

In this episode he is introduced by Ethan Nosowsky and then read from his work. The companion Conversation episode may be found here.

You may learn more about this event on the Lannan website; you may also listen to the audio recording of this event there.

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Kevin Barry with Ethan Nosowsky, 4 March 2015 – Audio

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on March 6, 2015.

Kevin Barry with Ethan Nosowsky

This event was part of the Lannan Literary series.

Kevin Barry described his home in his native Ireland by saying, “I myself live in County Sligo in what seem like the perfect conditions for a writer–a room looking out on a swampy lake, all very atmospheric, ethereal mists, yadda yadda, and there’s nothing to f—–g do but write.” Barry’s recent story collection, Dark Lies The Island, includes tales of unreformed criminals, awkward youth in love, and middle aged women on a road trip making plans for a kidnapping. Of his original and fresh writing, The Paris Review writes, “Barry’s language drags you into a strange, darkly lyrical world, enacting his own definition of literature as a mode of transport.”

Barry’s first novel, City of Bohane, appeared in the UK in 2011 and went on to win the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and was described by The New Yorker as, “A grizzled piece of futuristic Irish noir with strong ties to the classic gang epics of yore.”

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Conversation, The Fire This Time: A James Baldwin Tribute, Part 5, 11 February 2015 – Video

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on February 11, 2015.

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. — James Baldwin

James Baldwin (1924-1987) the great American novelist, poet, essayist, playwright, and social critic is celebrated in an evening of readings by poets and writers Amy Bloom, Nikky Finney, Randall Kenan, and Kevin Young.

This event was part of the Lannan Literary series.

In this episode, Amy Bloom, Nikky Finney, Randall Kenan, and Kevin Young join in conversation. This video is part five of five. Supplementary episodes from this event may be found here.

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Kevin Young, The Fire This Time: A James Baldwin Tribute, Part 4, 11 February 2015 – Video

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on February 11, 2015.

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. — James Baldwin

James Baldwin (1924-1987) the great American novelist, poet, essayist, playwright, and social critic is celebrated in an evening of readings by poets and writers Amy Bloom, Nikky Finney, Randall Kenan, and Kevin Young.

This event was part of the Lannan Literary series.

In this episode, Kevin Young reads from his selection. This video is part four of five. Supplementary episodes from this event may be found here.

You may learn more about this event on the Lannan website; you may also view the additional video recordings and listen to the audio of this event there.

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Randall Kenan, The Fire This Time: A James Baldwin Tribute, Part 3, 11 February 2015 – Video

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on February 11, 2015.

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. — James Baldwin

James Baldwin (1924-1987) the great American novelist, poet, essayist, playwright, and social critic is celebrated in an evening of readings by poets and writers Amy Bloom, Nikky Finney, Randall Kenan, and Kevin Young.

This event was part of the Lannan Literary series.

In this episode, Randall Kenan reads from his selection. This video is part three of five. Supplementary episodes from this event may be found here.

You may learn more about this event on the Lannan website; you may also view the additional video recordings and listen to the audio of this event there.

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Nikky Finney, The Fire This Time: A James Baldwin Tribute, Part 2, 11 February 2015 – Video

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on February 11, 2015.

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. — James Baldwin

James Baldwin (1924-1987) the great American novelist, poet, essayist, playwright, and social critic is celebrated in an evening of readings by poets and writers Amy Bloom, Nikky Finney, Randall Kenan, and Kevin Young.

This event was part of the Lannan Literary series.

In this episode, Nikky Finney reads from her selection. This video is part two of five. Supplementary episodes from this event may be found here.

You may learn more about this event on the Lannan website; you may also view the additional video recordings and listen to the audio of this event there.

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Amy Bloom, The Fire This Time: A James Baldwin Tribute, Part 1, 11 February 2015 – Video

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on February 11, 2015.

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. — James Baldwin

James Baldwin (1924-1987) the great American novelist, poet, essayist, playwright, and social critic is celebrated in an evening of readings by poets and writers Amy Bloom, Nikky Finney, Randall Kenan, and Kevin Young.

This event was part of the Lannan Literary series.

In this episode, the readings are introduced by Kevin Young and then followed by Amy Bloom. This video is part one of five. Supplementary episodes from this event may be found here.

You may learn more about this event on the Lannan website; you may also view the additional video recordings and listen to the audio of this event there.

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