Writers Writing: Maaza Mengiste and Gilbert King

March 4, 2014

Maaza Mengiste, author of Beneath the Lion’s Gaze, and Gilbert King, author of Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America discuss their writing processes and how they use history in their work. The authors will also read and discuss selections from their writing.

Maaza Mengiste is a Fulbright Scholar and the award-winning author of Beneath the Lion’s Gaze, selected by the Guardian as one of the 10 best contemporary African books. The novel was named one of the best books of 2010 by Christian Science Monitor, Boston Globe, Publishers Weekly and other publications. Her fiction and nonfiction writing can be found in the Guardian, the New York Times, BBC Radio 4,Granta, and Lettre International, among other places. Her second novel, The Shadow King, is forthcoming.

Gilbert King is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America, which was awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. In its citation, the Pulitzer Committee described the book as “a richly detailed chronicle of racial injustice,” and Thomas Friedman of the New York Times called it “must-read, cannot-put-down history.” Devil in the Grove was also named runner-up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and was a finalist for the Chautauqua Prize and the Edgar Award.