Saturday, October 17, 2020, 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Yaa Gyasi, Homegoing (2016)

  • Kojo (pp. 110–131)
  • Abena (pp. 132–152)

Stanley Reads is hosted by Kimberly Datchuk, curator of learning & engagement and presented in partnership with Prairie Lights Books.

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Registration will cut off at noon the Friday preceding each event. Anyone registered after that will be added to the following meeting.

Stanley Reads puts the museum’s recent exhibitions in conversation with literature. This fall we will consider Follow Her Lead in relation to Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. Both the exhibition and novel focus on women and motherhood across time and geography. During each meeting of the book club, we will pair artwork from the exhibition with chapters from the book to connect deeply with the themes and expand our understanding of the objects and the story.

Homegoing begins in Ghana in the eighteenth century. It follows the lives of two half-sisters and eight generations of their descendants, those who endured enslavement in America and those who remained in Africa. The powerful story shows the deep and lasting effects of slavery. 

Yaa Gyasi was born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. She earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Homegoing won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the NBCC’s John Leonard Award. It is Gyasi’s first novel. 

Homegoing book jacket
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Kimberly Datchuk in advance at 3193351727 or kimberly-datchuk@uiowa.edu.