New American Writing: Aminatta Forna & Janice Shapiro

New American Writing: Aminatta Forna & Janice Shapiro

Named by Vanity Fair as one of Africa’s most promising new writers, Aminatta Forna was born in Glasgow and raised in Sierra Leone and the U.K. She is the author of the The Devil that Danced on the Water, a memoir of the death of her dissident Father, and the novel Ancestor Stones, a New York Times Sunday Book Review Editors’ Choice book. Her new novel is The Memory of Love. Janice Shapiro is author of the new story collection Bummer. Her work has appeared in the North American Review, the Santa Monica Review and the Seattle Review. As a screenwriter, Shapiro has written scripts for numerous studios and independent producers.

New American Writing

This series of contemporary fiction and poetry readings is organized by Benjamin Weissman, author of two books of short fiction, most recently Headless, and professor of creative writing at Art Center College of Design and Otis College of Art and Design.

ALL HAMMER PUBLIC PROGRAMS ARE FREE. Tickets for assigned seating in the Billy Wilder Theater are required and available at the Box Office one hour before each program. Early arrival is recommended. Tickets are available one per person on a first come, first served basis. 

As a benefit for their support, members enjoy priority ticketing and seat selection, subject to availability.

Parking is available under the museum for a flat fee of $3 after 6PM. 

Public programs are made possible, in part, by a major gift from Ann and Jerry Moss. Additional support is provided by Bronya and Andrew Galef, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, an anonymous donor, and the Hammer Programs Committee.