If journalism sheds light on the nature and circumstances of a time and place, fiction immerses you on a visceral journey through the lived experience. WNYC reporter Beenish Ahmed facilitates this experience by transporting readers to different corners of the world with The Alignist, a curated subscription box exploring novels from across the world and the countries they come from.
Now, Beenish is taking The Alignist out of the box with a live event series at The Greene Space. She’ll gather chefs, curators, authors and more to share incredible stories, performances, food and conversation.
Tonight she leads an exploration of Rwanda through the lens of the book Our Lady of the Nile by Scholastique Mukasonga. Twenty five years after one of the most devastating genocides in history, the novel sends us to an all girls boarding school in Rwanda and initiates a conversation about the racial tensions and post-colonial political landscape that turned neighbor against neighbor, schoolchild against schoolchild.
Guests to be announced.
Note: Reading the assigned novel in advance of the event is highly recommended, but not at all required to enjoy the show.
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