Dinaw Mengestu

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Junot Diaz and Dinaw Mengestu win MacArthur "Genius" Awards!

Two Riverhead authors have been named 2012 MacArthur Foundation Fellows, also known as the "Genius Award." Congrats to Junot Diaz, the author of This Is How You Lose Her, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, and Drown! Congrats to Dinaw Mengestu, author of The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears and How to Read the Air!

 

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Monday, March 12, 2012

Dinaw Mengestu writes about Kony 2012, activism, and what’s really happening in Uganda

“Change has never come with a click, or a tweet; lives are not saved by bracelets,” writes Dinaw Mengestu, journalist and author of the novels How to Read the Air and The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears. “We all want solutions, but why should we think or expect an easy one exists for a twenty-year-old conflict in Uganda when we have none for the wars we’re engaged in now.” To read the full article, click here.

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Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Two Riverhead authors are fiction finalists for the 2011 Dayton Literary Peace Prize

Chang-rae Lee, author of The Surrendered, and Dinaw Mengestu, author of How To Read the Air, are the two Riverhead authors who are fiction finalists for the 2011 Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Congrats to them both! Read more about the award and the finalists here...

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Dinaw Mengestu Awarded the 2011 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise

Congratulations to Dinaw Mengestu for being awarded the 2011 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise for his novel How to Read the Air. The Vilcek Prizes honor the contributions of foreign-born scientists and artists in the United States.  Please join us Tuesday, April 5, 2011, when Dinaw and the Creative Promise finalists will participate in a reading and Q&A panel at the Housing Works Bookstore Café (www.housingworks.org), to be moderated by Liesl Schillinger, literary critic for The New York Times. The reading is free and open to the public. More...

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Chang-rae Lee and Dinaw Mengestu are finalists for 2011 Indies Choice Book Awards

Please join us in congratulating Chang-rae Lee and Dinaw Mengestu for being selected as finalists for the 2011 Indies Choice Book Award Book of the Year for adult fiction for their books The Surrendered and How to Read the Air. Check back on May 24 to find out the winner. Thank you for your support!

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Monday, November 29, 2010

The Surrendered and How To Read The Air are New York Times Notable Books of 2010!

The New York Times included two Riverhead books -- The Surrendered by Chang-rae Lee and How To Read The Air by Dinaw Mengestu -- on their 100 Notable Books of 2010 list. More...

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Wednesday, November 03, 2010

The Washington Post on How To Read The Air by Dinaw Mengestu

Reviewer Ron Charles calls Mengestu “a modern-day African American Scheherazade,” concluding:  “By the end, "How to Read the Air" grows into a tragic and affecting paradox, a demonstration of the limits of fiction, the inability of stories to heal or preserve. And yet there it is, this novel -- wholly contrived -- offering up its wisdom about the immigrant experience with the kind of power mere facts couldn't convey.” More…

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Monday, October 25, 2010

The San Francisco Chronicle on Dinaw Mengestu’s How to Read the Air

"Engrossing... Mengestu is attuned to nuances of conflicts and relationships." More...

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Newsweek on Dinaw Mengestu's How to Read the Air

"Makes us rethink the tropes of immigrant literature... Mengestu's novel keenly explores our complicated relationship with the idea of the immigrant experience." More...

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Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Dinaw Mengestu's How to Read the Air on VSL

VSL namechecked Dinaw Mengestu and his new novel, How to Read the Air in their daily email. More...

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