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Book Reading with Yaa Gyasi!

  • Meadowdale Library 4301 Meadowdale Boulevard North Chesterfield, VA 23234 United States (map)

At the Meadowdale Library (4301 Meadowdale Blvd., North Chesterfield, VA 23234)

Please join Chop Suey Books and the wonderful librarians at the Meadowdale Library for a reading and signing with Yaa Gyasi, author of the celebrated novel Homegoing. This event is free and open to the public, though you will need to register for it through the library starting on February 25th. Priority will be given to Friends of the Chesterfield Public Library, so please consider becoming a friend!

Preorder SIGNED copies here.

About Homegoing: Effia and Esi are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Unbeknownst to Effia, her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle’s dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast’s booming slave trade, and shipped off to America, where her children and grandchildren will be raised in slavery. One thread of Homegoing follows Effia’s descendants through centuries of warfare in Ghana, as the Fante and Asante nations wrestle with the slave trade and British colonization. The other thread follows Esi and her children into America. From the plantations of the South to the Civil War and the Great Migration, from the coal mines of Pratt City, Alabama, to the jazz clubs and dope houses of twentieth-century Harlem, right up through the present 

About Yaa GyasiBorn in Mampong, Ghana in 1989, Yaa Gyasi is the daughter of Kwaku Gyasi, a professor of French at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and her mother Sophia, who is a nurse. Her family moved to the United States in 1991 when her father was completing his Ph.D. at Ohio State University. The family also lived in Illinois and Tennessee, and from the age of 10, Gyasi was reared in Huntsville, Alabama. She lives in Berkeley, California.