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.


Location: Billy Wilder Theater
Ticketing: Tickets are required and available at the Box Office one hour before the program. General admission tickets are available one per person on a first come, first served basis following member ticketing. Early arrival is recommended.
Member Benefit: Members receive priority ticketing (until 15 minutes before the program) by skipping the general admission line and can choose their seats, subject to availability.
Parking: Under the museum, $6 flat rate after 6 p.m. Cash only. 

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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.