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April 15, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Dinaw Mengestu’s novel of love, revolution and loneliness

Dinaw Mengestu, author of "All Our Names." Photo credit: Michael Lionstar

Dinaw Mengestu, author of “All Our Names.” Photo credit: Michael Lionstar

I read a lot of books, but some stick with me more than others. Dinaw Mengestu’s “All Our Names” has an enduring place on my mental bookshelf – it’s a haunting novel of an African man swept into a revolution and an American social worker who tries to help him when he shows up, identity-less, in 1970s America.

Mengestu, of Ethiopian heritage, is one of a number of young writers of African heritage who now live in America. They are producing brilliant books that illuminate life for the people of the African diaspora. He’s interviewed tonight by host Terry Tazioli  on “Well Read,” the books and authors interview program on state public affairs network TVW. I’m the “Well Read” co-host; after the interview, Terry and I discuss books by Mengestu and other talented young writers.

“Well Read” airs at 7 and 10 p.m. (in Seattle, Comcast channel 23).  The episode will replay throughout this week. Or you can watch it here.

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