Award-winning African-Scottish writer Aminatta Forna to read her work at UCLA
By Peggy McInerny September 24, 2013 Category: Arts & Humanities
African-Scottish writer Aminatta Forna, winner of a multitude of literary prizes for her memoir and first two novels, will visit UCLA to read from her latest novel, "The Hired Man," which explores the legacy of the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s, revealing a picture of how people learn to live with their pasts and with one another after civil conflict.
The daughter of a Sierra Leonean father who was executed in 1975 and a Scottish mother, Forna is known for works that chronicle the descent of individuals and societies into violence and the consequences they must live with in the aftermath. Her works have been translated into 15 languages.
The UCLA event, "Aftermath: Memory, Place and Civil Conflict," is co-sponsored by UCLA's Mellon Postdoctoral Program in the Humanities, Center for European and Eurasian Studies, and African Studies Center.
No reservations are required.
4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15
UCLA's Young Research Library, Room 11348 (map)
Due to time contraints, Forna will not be available for interviews in Los Angeles. Journalists who wish to arrange a phone or email interview should contact John Mark Boling, senior publicist at Grove Atlantic (212-614-7867 | email@example.com).
Forna is a professor of creative writing at Bath Spa University in England and the Sterling Brown Distinguished Visiting Professor at Williams College in Massachusetts. She holds a law degree from University College London. Prior to publishing her own works, she worked for a decade at BBC as a journalist and documentary filmmaker. In addition to her novels, essays, articles and short stories, she writes for film, television and radio.
Forna's first book, the memoir "The Devil That Danced on the Water" (2002), investigated how her physician-politician father was framed, imprisoned and eventually hung for treason in Sierra Leone in 1975, when Forna was 11 years old. Her award-winning novels "Ancestor Stones" (2006) and "The Memory of Love" (2010) look at individuals' experiences in war-torn Africa.
Forna was a screenwriter on the new documentary "Girl Rising," which showcases how education has transformed the lives of young girls born into unforgiving environments. The film is directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins and narrated by a roster of famous actresses. It will be screened on the UCLA campus on Wednesday, Oct. 30.
A resident of London, Forna regularly spends time in Sierra Leone, where she runs the Rogbonko Project, a charitable organization that engages in educational, health care and sanitation initiatives in the town that her grandfather founded.
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For more information on the Oct. 15 event, contact Allison Kershner of the Mellon Postdoctoral Program in the Humanities (310-267-4842 | email@example.com).