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Sisonke Msimang at the East Side Freedom Library

September 28, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC-5

The East Side Freedom Library invites you to join a very special conversation with women writers whose experiences cross and straddle borders

Friday, September 28, 2018, 7pm

This conversation will feature:

Sisonke Msimang and her new book ALWAYS ANOTHER COUNTRY. Ms. Msimang grew up in Zambia, Kenya and Canada, before coming to the US in the 1990s to study at Macalester College. After graduation she settled in her “home” country of South Africa where she became Executive Director of the African Gender Institute in Cape Town. Now based in Perth, Australia, she is Head of Oral Storytelling at the Centre for Stories. She continues to travel, and she contributes to publications such as The New York Times, The Guardian and The Washington Post.  She has over 20,000 followers on Twitter (@Sisonkemsimang), and her TED Talk, ‘If a story moves you, act on it’, has been viewed over a million times.

Ms. Msimang will be joined in conversation by Kao Kalia Yang, born in the Ban Vinai refugee camp and then a child in the McDonough Homes project of St. Paul, now recognized as the author of THE LATEHOMECOMER and THE SONG POET; Victoria Blanco, who grew up on the border of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, and now lives in Minneapolis and teaches at the Loft. Ms. Blanco is writing an ethnographic memoir focused on the lives of the Raramuri. Lina Jamoul will also participate in the conversation. Born in Syria, raised in Cyprus and England, and educated in the U.K., where she earned a Ph.D., Ms. Jamoul became Executive Director of MAPE, the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees a year ago. She has been a professional actor on the American stage and is also working on her writing.


Free and open to all
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier St.


East Side Freedom Library


East Side Freedom Library
1105 Greenbrier St.
St. Paul, United States
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