THIS IS A VIRTUAL EVENT
Hear from two award-winning novelists with riveting stories set in Nigeria and Madagascar, cultures featured in the DMA’s exhibition Moth to Cloth: Silk in Africa.
Abi Daré’s celebrated novel The Girl with the Louding Voice is the unforgettable, inspiring story of Adunni, a teenage girl growing up in a rural Nigerian village who longs to get an education so that she can find her “louding voice” and speak up for herself. An instant New York Times bestseller and a Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick, this story exemplifies how one courageous young woman’s spirited determination to find joy and hope in even the most difficult circumstances can inspire us all to reach for our dreams and maybe even change the world.
From National Book Award–nominated writer Andrea Lee, Red Island House is an evocative novel about loyalty, identity, and heritage that follows two decades in the marriage between an African American professor and her wealthy Italian husband. Shay is surprised when her husband, Senna, decides to build a spectacular house on an idyllic beach in the tropical island nation of Madagascar. As she becomes the somewhat reluctant mistress of a sprawling household, she finds herself caught between her privileged American upbringing and education, and her connection to the continent of her ancestors.
Pre-recorded virtual event available Tuesday, April 27, 7:00 p.m. CST through May 11