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Oct. 25: Author Yaa Gyasi visits for First-Year Read

FREDERICK, Maryland—The First-Year Read program at Hood College will host Yaa Gyasi, author of “Homegoing,” on Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. in Hodson Auditorium in Rosenstock Hall.

Gyasi will talk about “Homegoing,” the story of two Ghanaian half-sisters from different villages who are separated from all that they know—one in order to marry a British slaver and the other to be sold into slavery. The story follows the diverging fates of seven generations of the sisters’ descendants in Ghana, where repercussions from the slave trade and British colonialism shape the family, and in America, where the family is destined to bear the destructive legacy of slavery. “Homegoing” won the 2016 National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize for the best debut novel. A Q&A session and book signing will follow the talk.

Gyasi received the National Book Foundation’s 2015 “5 Under 35” Award. She was born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Stanford University and a master’s degree from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she held a Dean’s Graduate Research Fellowship. She lives in New York City.

The First-Year Read program creates an instant sense of community among students entering Hood by offering a number of shared intellectual and social experiences through a common read. First-year students read the selected book during the summer. During fall orientation, they meet in small groups led by volunteers from the Hood community to discuss the book’s main themes and important issues raised. The program culminates with the author’s visit to campus.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Martha Bari at