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September 2019

Scholastique Mukasonga at the Brooklyn Book Festival

September 22 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Brooklyn Borough Hall Media Room, 209 Joralemon St
Brooklyn, NY
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Looking Back: Memoir, Auto-Fiction and the Worlds that Shape Us With Scholastique Mukasonga, Aleksandar Hemon, and Amit Chaudhuri. Moderated by Amitava Kumar. Born in Rwanda in 1956, Scholastique Mukasonga experienced from childhood the violence and humiliation of the ethnic conflicts that shook her country. In 1960, her family was displaced to the polluted and under-developed Bugesera district of Rwanda. Mukasonga was later forced to leave the school of social work in Butare and flee to Burundi. She settled in France…

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Ambai at the Brooklyn Book Festival

September 22 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Brooklyn Borough Hall Media Room, 209 Joralemon St
Brooklyn, NY
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Breaking Out: Women and Girls on Their Own Terms Mona Eltahawy (The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls), Tamil writer Ambai (A Kitchen in the Corner of the House), and Téa Obreht (Inland) bring to life strong female voices of the past and present. From Eltahaway’s powerful #MeToo manifesto to Obreht’s reimagining the American West with a tale of an unflinching frontierswoman to Ambai’s courageous characters grappling with motherhood, self-assertion and sexuality - all three writers address issues of…

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Scholastique Mukasonga at Boston University

September 23 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us for a reading and conversation with Scholastique Mukasonga. Born in Rwanda in 1956, Scholastique Mukasonga experienced from childhood the violence and humiliation of the ethnic conflicts that shook her country. In 1960, her family was displaced to the polluted and under-developed Bugesera district of Rwanda. Mukasonga was later forced to leave the school of social work in Butare and flee to Burundi. She settled in France in 1992, only two years before the brutal genocide of the Tutsi…

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Scholastique Mukasonga at the Cooper Union

September 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Scholastique Mukasonga discusses The Barefoot Woman, her loving, funny, devastating tribute to her mother. Born in Rwanda in 1956, Scholastique Mukasonga experienced from childhood the violence and humiliation of the ethnic conflicts that shook her country. In 1960, her family was displaced to the Bugesera district of Rwanda. Mukasonga was later forced to flee to Burundi, leaving behind her studies at the school of social work in Butare. She settled in France in 1992, only two years before the brutal…

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Ambai at the Center for Fiction

September 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Center for Fiction Mercantile Library Association of NY, 15 Lafayette Ave
Brooklyn, NY United States
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Join us in listening to Ambai discuss her forthcoming collection of short stories, A Kitchen in the Corner of the House, with renowned writer Ru Freeman. C.S. Lakshmi, writing under the pseudonym of Ambai, is a feminist Tamil writer. She was born in 1944 in Tamil Nadu, and grew up in Bangalore and Mumbai. She received her PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University. Her publications include In a Forest, A Deer, Fish in a Dwindling Lake, A Meeting on the Andheri Overbridge, The Purple Sea, and A…

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Fall Fête 2019

September 26 @ 7:00 pm
The Floor, 310 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11201
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Dinner will be served at 8 pm. If you have any questions, or if you'd prefer to purchase tickets directly, please contact Emma Raddatz at emma@archipelagobooks.org or call 203-848-9874. Tickets:

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Ambai at Another Story Bookshop

September 26 @ 7:00 pm
Another Story Bookshop, 315 Roncesvalles Ave
Toronto, ON M6R 2M6 Canada
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Join us for a reading and discussion with Ambai at Another Story Bookshop in Toronto. C.S. Lakshmi, writing under the pseudonym of Ambai, is a feminist Tamil writer. She was born in 1944 in Tamil Nadu, and grew up in Bangalore and Mumbai. She received her PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University. Her publications include In a Forest, A Deer, Fish in a Dwindling Lake, A Meeting on the Andheri Overbridge, The Purple Sea, and A Night with a Black Spider and articles in newspapers such as The…

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October 2019

Roger Mello at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center

October 12 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Room 280, 900 Convention Center Blvd
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
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Join us for Roger Mello in conversation with other international award-winning authors and illustrators, focusing on cultural connections. Roger Mello has illustrated over 100 titles – 22 of which he also wrote – and his unique style and adroit sense of color continues to push the boundaries of children’s book illustration. Rather than relying on written narrative to tell the story, Mello invites his young readers to fill the gaps with imagination. Mello has won numerous awards for writing and…

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Maureen Shaughnessy at Annie Bloom’s Books

October 15 @ 7:00 pm
Annie Bloom’s Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97219
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Maureen Shaughnessy discusses her latest translation, Hebe Uhart's The Scent of Buenos Aires.   Maureen Shaughnessy’s translations have been published by World Literature Today, Words Without Borders, Asymptote and The Antioch Review. Her translation of Hebe Uhart’s selected stories, The Scent of Buenos Aires, is forthcoming from Archipelago Books in October 2019. She lives in Bariloche, Argentina. Hebe Uhart’s stories sneak up on you. Refreshingly approachable, they are punctuated by street talk and saturated with a cryptic wit that recalls Lydia Davis. In The Scent of Buenos Aires, Uhart renders…

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Roger Mello at the Chicago Public Library

October 16 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join Roger Mello for a story time and drawing session at the Thomas Hughes Children’s Library. Roger Mello has illustrated over 100 titles – 22 of which he also wrote – and his unique style and adroit sense of color continues to push the boundaries of children’s book illustration. Rather than relying on written narrative to tell the story, Mello invites his young readers to fill the gaps with imagination. Mello has won numerous awards for writing and illustrating, including…

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