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Saturday, October 12 • 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Now I Long For Yesterday: Searching for Truth

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Acclaimed writers Susan Richards Shreve, Helon Habila, and Rion Amilcar Scott navigate truth, memory, and identity. Called “A compelling, atmospheric family drama” by People, Shreve's latest book, More News Tomorrow, follows Georgie and her parents on parallel trips up the dangerous Bone River in 2008 and 1914, as Georgie tries to uncover the mystery of her mother’s murder and her father’s confession. In Habila’s Travelers, a Nigerian graduate student moves to a community in Berlin made of African immigrants and refugees whose lives previously seemed distant from his own privileged life, but to which he is increasingly drawn. Library Journal says, “Habila evokes the visceral, heartbreaking anguish of the outsider's dilemma…Guaranteed to promote empathy and understanding for refugees worldwide.” Scott discusses the themes of religion, violence, and love in The World Doesn't Require You: Stories, a collection that explores the country’s only successful slave revolt in the mid-nineteenth century. Booklist says, “Scott’s imagery and unique voice blend horror, satire, and magical realism into an intoxicating brew.”

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Helon Habila

Helon Habila is the author of Oil on Water, Measuring Time, Waiting for an Angel, and The Chibok Girls. He is a professor of creative writing at George Mason University and lives in Virginia with his wife and three children.
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Rion Amilcar Scott

Rion Amilcar Scott is the author of the story collection, The World Doesn't Require You (Norton/Liveright, August 2019). His debut story collection, Insurrections (University Press of Kentucky, 2016), was awarded the 2017 PEN/Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and the 2017 Hillsdale... Read More →

Saturday October 12, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm EDT
Merten Hall, Room 1202