Arts Gumbo Book Chat All Our Names

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Rainier Arts Center and Columbia Branch Seattle Public Library host the Arts Gumbo Book Chats, starting with ALL OUR NAMES by Dinaw Mengestu.

WHERE: Rainier Arts Center (Event Room)
3515 S Alaksa St (downstairs)

WHEN: Thursday, September 8 at 7pm

HOW: Pick up a copy of the book at Columbia Branch Seattle Public Library at 4721 Rainier Ave S.

COST: Free! And checking out the book is free, too!

WHAT: ALL OUR NAMES is the story of two young men who come of age during an African revolution, drawn from the safe confines of the university campus into the intensifying clamor of the streets outside. But as the line between idealism and violence becomes increasingly blurred, the friends are driven apart—one into the deepest peril, as the movement gathers inexorable force, and the other into the safety of exile in the American Midwest. There, pretending to be an exchange student, he falls in love with a social worker and settles into small-town life. Yet this idyll is inescapably darkened by the secrets of his past: the acts he committed and the work he left unfinished. Most of all, he is haunted by the beloved friend he left behind, the charismatic leader who first guided him to revolution and then sacrificed everything to ensure his freedom.

From acclaimed author Dinaw Mengestu, a recipient of the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 award, The New Yorker’s 20 Under 40 award, and a 2012 MacArthur Foundation genius grant, comes an unforgettable love story about a searing affair between an American woman and an African man in 1970s America and an unflinching novel about the fragmentation of lives that straddle countries and histories.

WHY: What better way to build cultural understanding between people of diverse backgrounds than through sharing art, food and celebration? That is the goal of our Arts Gumbo series, now in its 15th year. In 2016, we present a multi-day celebration: Pan Africa, Pan Arts. We will explore the collective emerging culture that exists for Africans who have immigrated to the NW.

Targeted to families of diverse cultures, Arts Gumbo provides audiences with the opportunity to celebrate local cultures through music, dance, visual arts, food, books and discussions.

More Arts Gumbo events:
Thursday, Oct 13 at 7pm - Book Chat (free)
Friday, Oct 14 at 7pm - Film Screening (ticketed)
Saturday, Oct 15 at 7pm - Main Event (ticketed)
Thursday, Nov 10 at 7pm - Book Chat (free)
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