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Igiaba Scego, born in Rome in 1974 to a family of Somali origins, is a writer and journalist. She is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, and her memoir La mia casa è dove sono won Italy’s prestigious Mondello Prize. She is a frequent contributor to the magazine Internazionale and the supplement to La Repubblica, Il Venerdì di Repubblica.
September 22, 2019 | 5:00pm

Igiaba Scego at the Brooklyn Book Festival

Borough Hall Media Room | 209 Joralemon Street | Brooklyn, NY

Italian author, journalist, researcher, and activist, Igiaba Scego, talks about her novel Beyond Babylon, translated by Aaron Robertson, at the Brooklyn Book Festival.

The Movement of People: Modern Nomads and Migrants
We live in an era of great global movements, a time when migrants and refugees are often dehumanized and attacked. But fiction provides a powerful tool to look deeper into individual stories. Whether it’s the journey of Bangladeshi immigrants in Italy in Amitav Ghosh’s Gun Island or two half-sisters who meet in Tunisia in Somali-Italian author Igiaba Scego’s Beyond Babylon or a Nigerian grad student adrift in Europe in Helon Habila’s Travelers, the characters in these novels explore urgent questions of power and privilege, borders and home in today’s world. Moderated by Michael Reynolds.
Contact:
Leslie-Ann Woofter
415.512.8812
Author
Igiaba Scego, born in Rome in 1974 to a family of Somali origins, is a writer and journalist. She is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, and her memoir La mia casa è dove sono won Italy’s prestigious Mondello Prize. She is a frequent contributor to the magazine Internazionale and the supplement to La Repubblica, Il Venerdì di Repubblica.