Arts Gumbo Book Chat We Need New Names

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Rainier Arts Center and Columbia Branch Seattle Public Library host the Arts Gumbo Book Chats, starting with WE NEED NEW NAMES by NoViolet Bulawayo

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

WHEN: Thursday, October 13 at 7pm


HOW: Pick up a copy of the book at Columbia Branch Seattle Public Library at 4721 Rainier Ave S or at Rainier Arts Center at 3515 S Alaska St.

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

WHAT: WE NEED NEW NAMES is a remarkable literary debut — shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize! The unflinching and powerful story of a young girl’s journey out of Zimbabwe and to America.

Darling is only ten years old, and yet she must navigate a fragile and violent world. In Zimbabwe, Darling and her friends steal guavas, try to get the baby out of young Chipo’s belly, and grasp at memories of Before. Before their homes were destroyed by paramilitary policemen, before the school closed, before the fathers left for dangerous jobs abroad.

But Darling has a chance to escape: she has an aunt in America. She travels to this new land in search of America’s famous abundance only to find that her options as an immigrant are perilously few. NoViolet Bulawayo’s debut calls to mind the great storytellers of displacement and arrival who have come before her-from Junot Diaz to Zadie Smith to J.M. Coetzee-while she tells a vivid, raw story all her own.

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:
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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