In Conversation with Jeff Chang. Yaa Gyasi was born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. She holds a BA in English from Stanford University and an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she held a Dean's Graduate Research Fellowship. Gyasi's highly acclaimed debut novel, Homegoing, begins with the story of two half-sisters, separated by forces beyond their control: one sold into slavery, the other married to a British slaver. Written with tremendous sweep and power, Homegoing traces the generations of family who follow, as their destinies lead them through two continents and three hundred years of history, each life indelibly drawn, as the legacy of slavery is fully revealed in light of the present day.
Berkeley-based writer Yaa Gyasi appears at City Arts & Lectures to discuss her widely acclaimed debut novel “Homegoing” with Jeff Chang, executive director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University. The NCIBA recently named “Homegoing” the best book of fiction published in 2016 by a Northern California author; Chang’s “We Gon’ Be Alright” won the nonfiction category.