Maaza Mengiste

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Maaza Mengiste is the author of The Shadow King, which was shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize, and named a best book of the year by the New York Times, NPR, Elle, Time and more. Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Mengiste’s fiction and nonfiction stories examine the individual lives at stake during migration, war and exile, and consider the intersections of photography, memory and violence. The Shadow King is a gripping novel is set during Mussolini’s 1935 invasion of Ethiopia, which takes us back to the first real conflict of World War II and casts light on the women soldiers who were left out of the historical record. Author Salman Rushdie raves The Shadow King is “a brilliant novel, lyrically lifting history towards myth. It’s also compulsively readable.” Pulitzer Prize-winning author Andrew Sean Greer calls the book “beautiful, horrifying, elegant, and haunted…a modern classic.” Mengiste’s debut novel, Beneath the Lion’s Gaze, was selected by The Guardian as one of the 10 best contemporary African books and named one of the best books of the year by Christian Science Monitor, Boston Globe and other publications. Mengiste is the recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright Scholar Program, National Endowment for the Arts and Creative Capital. Her work can be found in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, Granta, The Guardian, The New York Times, Rolling Stone and BBC, among other places. She was a writer on the documentary projects Girl Rising and The Invisible City: Kakuma, and is a professor in the MFA in Creative Writing and Literary Translation program at Queens College.

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