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'Distinguished' Author Aminatta Forna Visits Purchase College

Author Aminatta Forna, right, shown with Anthony Domestico, assistant professor of literature, Louise Yelin, professor of literature, visited Purchase College April 13.
Author Aminatta Forna, right, shown with Anthony Domestico, assistant professor of literature, Louise Yelin, professor of literature, visited Purchase College April 13. Photo Credit: Contributed

PURCHASE COLLEGE, N.Y. -- Purchase College hosted a visit from author Aminatta Forna at A Reading and Conversation, a program held there April 13.

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Part of the Durst Distinguished Lecture Series, the program brings preeminent writers to the Westchester community.

Aminatta Forna is the award-winning author of the novels, "The Hired Man," "The Memory of Love," and "Ancestor Stones," and a memoir, "The Devil that Danced on the Water."

As an essayist, journalist and broadcaster, she has written for Granta, The Guardian, Vogue, and BBC radio and television.

Forna was born in Scotland, raised in Sierra Leone and Britain, and spent periods of her childhood in Iran, Thailand and Zambia.

“We were very fortunate to have Aminatta Forna join us as a Durst Distinguished Lecturer,” says Louise Yelin, professor of literature, Purchase College.

“Forna’s work vividly bears witness to the legacies of civil war and violence and reminds us that truth-telling isn’t the exclusive province of journalism but animates literature as well.”

“Aminatta Forna is a writer of real moral seriousness. Her novels address political and philosophical questions of the greatest consequence: how can we remember trauma without letting it determine our lives? What is the relationship between forgiveness and justice?,” Anthony Domestico, assistant professor of literature, Purchase College,

“Forna is a lovely stylist and a compelling storyteller, and our students were excited to have her visit.”

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