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September 2020

We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know: Yaa Gyasi and Roxane Gay

September 1 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Bestselling author Yaa Gyasi celebrates the publication of her powerful and multilayered novel, Transcendent Kingdom. She will be joined in conversation by bestselling author Roxane Gay, who also has a new novel, which focuses on the life of a family of Ghanaian immigrants in Huntsville, Alabama, who wrestle with faith, science, race, and the legacy of unmanageable loss. Tickets are available here! Presented in partnership with PEN America’s PEN Out Loud Series and the Strand Bookstore.

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America is My Home: Ayad Akhtar and Ben Rhodes

September 15 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and author Ayad Akhtar’s latest novel, Homeland Elegies, offers a portrait of Muslim American life in a fractured country. Akhtar will be joined in conversation with author and former Deputy National Security Advisor under President Barack Obama Ben Rhodes to discuss the novel’s origins and themes, including the immigrant experience, the relationship between fathers and sons, racial identity, and political polarization. Tickets available here! Presented in partnership with PEN America’s PEN Out Loud Series and the Strand…

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Just Listen: Claudia Rankine

September 30 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Critically acclaimed poet, essayist, and playwright Claudia Rankine challenges society to have dynamic and substantive conversations about race and whiteness in America. In Just Us: An American Conversation, Rankine completes her groundbreaking trilogy, which began with Don’t Let Me Be Lonely and Citizen. Join this Scripps Presents alumna for an an intimate discussion. Tickets available here! Presented in partnership with PEN America’s PEN Out Loud Series and the Strand Bookstore.

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