Ayad Akhtar

Saturday, October 17th, 7 pm

A Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and the newly named president of PEN America, Ayad Akhtar has just released his latest literary project, Homeland Elegies: a fictionalized narrative look at the post-9/11 world and its disturbing truths. To close out the twentieth annual Twin Cities Book Festival, multi-media word artist Dessa will lead a conversation with this essential American writer.  This event will be ASL interpreted, thanks to support from the University of Minnesota Libraries; for more information about this and other ASL interpreted events, see HERE

Replay of this event is available throughout 2020!

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photo by Vincent Tullo

Ayad Akhtar is the author of American Dervish, which was named a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2012 and has been published in over 20 languages. As a playwright, he has written Junk (which received the Kennedy Prize for American Drama), Disgraced (which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama), and other works. Akhtar is the winner of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award and the recipient of the Steinberg Playwriting Award, the Nestroy Award, the Erwin Piscator Award, and fellowships from the American Academy in Rome, MacDowell, the Sundance Institute, and Yaddo. He will assume the presidency of PEN America, devoted to freedom of expression, in December. Akhtar’s newest novel, the just-released Homeland Elegies (Little, Brown & Co.), is being loudly acclaimed in all corners of the literary world.  Learn more at www.ayadakhtar.com

Dessa is a musician and writer who has built a career by defying genre conventions and audience expectations. In addition to her acclaimed albums, she’s published pieces in numerous literary journals and The New York Times, and two collections of essays and poetry(including the Rain Taxi chapbook A Pound of Steam); in 2018, she released her a non-fiction work My Own Devices: True Stories from the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love. Dessa’s work is driven by an interest in finding unexpected connections—between love and science, instinct and philosophy, big ideas and mundane moments. She splits her time between Minneapolis and Manhattan.