Aminatta Forna to read at Purchase College

Aminatta Forna. Photograph by Jonathan Ring

Purchase College will host “Aminatta Forna, A Reading and Conversation” on Wednesday, April 13 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the college’s Neuberger Museum of Art Study.

Forna is the award-winning author of the novels “The Hired Man,” “The Memory of Love” and “Ancestor Stone”, and a memoir, “The Devil That Danced on the Water.” As an essayist, journalist and broadcaster, she has written for Granta, The Guardian, Vogue, and BBC radio and television. Forna was born in Scotland, raised in Sierra Leone and Britain and spent periods of her childhood in Iran, Thailand and Zambia.

“We are very fortunate to have Aminatta Forna join us as a Durst Distinguished Lecturer,” says Louise Yelin, professor of literature at Purchase.  “Forna’s work vividly bears witness to the legacies of civil war and violence and reminds us that truth-telling isn’t the exclusive province of journalism but animates literature as well.”

Anthony Domestico, assistant professor of literature at Purchase College, adds: “Aminatta Forna is a writer of real moral seriousness. Her novels address political and philosophical questions of the greatest consequence: How can we remember trauma without letting it determine our lives? What is the relationship between forgiveness and justice?” Forna is a lovely stylist and a compelling storyteller, and our students are excited for her visit.”

For more information on the event, visit or call 914.251.6550. – edited by Georgette Gouveia

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