Community Read: An Evening with Yaa Gyasi

Sep 22, 2021
5:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
Linda K. Paresky Conference Center

Join us for a conversation and book signing with author Yaa Gyasi! The event will take place on campus and will be livestreamed for those who are unable to attend in-person. Space is limited; please register by September 20.

Per tradition, Simmons students, faculty, staff, and alumnae/i are invited to participate in a shared Fall Community Read experience. Centered around the exploration of important themes and issues, the Fall Community Read is designed to engage the campus community, generate robust discussions, and foster the exchange of diverse ideas and perspectives. In addition, incoming first year undergraduates will receive a digital copy of the book, which will be discussed during the first-year seminar course, Simmons Explore. For more information, email [email protected].

About Transcendent Kingdom

Gifty is a fifth-year candidate in neuroscience at Stanford School of Medicine studying reward-seeking behavior in mice and the neural circuits of depression and addiction. Her brother, Nana, was a gifted high school athlete who died of a heroin overdose after a knee injury left him hooked on OxyContin. Her suicidal mother is living in her bed.

Gifty is determined to discover the scientific basis for the suffering she sees all around her. But even as she turns to the hard sciences to unlock the mystery of her family's loss, she finds herself hungering for her childhood faith and grappling with the evangelical church in which she was raised. Transcendent Kingdom is a deeply moving portrait of a family of Ghanaian immigrants as they grapple with faith, science, religion, and love. (Source: Goodreads)

About The Author

Yaa Gyasi is the author of the highly acclaimed New York Times bestselling debut novel Homegoing and a recipient of the National Book Foundation's 2016 "5 Under 35" Award. She is the winner of the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize, the PEN/Hemingway Award for Best First Novel, and was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize.

Gyasi was born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. She holds a BA in English from Stanford University and an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she held a Dean's Graduate Research Fellowship. Her second novel, Transcendent Kingdom, was published in September 2020.

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