News & Events, Spring 2017

Monday 09/03/2018

Portrait of Maaza Mengiste by Simon Hurst

Quijote Talk: Maaza Mengiste

Maaza Mengiste: Unheard-Of Things
Thursday October 18, 2018
132 West 21st Street, 6th floor
Free and open to the public
Maaza Mengiste will ask each of us to examine the connections among language, violence, and the image. What is an artist’s responsibility in a violent world? How can we begin to understand what we are seeing if we choose to leave certain words unsaid? 
Maaza Mengiste's debut novel, Beneath the Lion's Gaze, was selected by the Guardian as one of the ten best contemporary African books and named one of the best books of 2010 by the Christian Science Monitor, the Boston Globe and other publications. Her work can be found in the New Yorker, the New York Review of BooksGranta, the Guardian, the New York TimesRolling Stone, and the BBC, among other places. Her second novel is forthcoming.
Quijote Talks take place in our library on 21st Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues in Chelsea, usually on Thursdays at 6:30 pm. Named after our favorite after-lecture hangout, El Quijote in the Chelsea Hotel, and inspired by the knight errant himself, this new series consists of pointed talks and discussions about relevant pasts and possible futures. See our full lecture series archive here.