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Fire and Forget: Short Stories (DaCapo Press), edited by Matt Gallagher and Roy Scranton, collects short fiction written by veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (and by loved ones left waiting at home). Editor Roy Scranton will be joined by contributors David Abrams and Gavin Kovite for a reading and discussion of the book, and of issues facing veterans of war. "Capture the messiness of soldiering when the mission and endgame are unclear. Though fiction, each work reads true, filled with tension, fear, and anger. Readers are transported to desert checkpoints, ride along with vehicle convoys, and return home from combat to face an uncertain future." - Booklist.
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Co-presented with the NORTHWEST AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM. From the editor who helped give readers the debut novels that were The God of Small Things and White Teeth comes another debut that we think is as distinctive and memorable: Taiye Selasi's luminous novel, Ghana Must Go (Penguin Press). This is a story of siblings coming into adulthood with a rich, complex inheritance as the children of parents who've immigrated to the U.S. from Ghana and Nigeria. "Gorgeous. Reminiscent of Jhumpa Lahiri but with even greater warmth and vibrancy, Selasi's novel, driven by her eloquent prose, tells the powerful story of a family discovering that what once held them together could make them whole again." - Publishers Weekly. "Taiye Selasi is a totally new and near perfect voice that spans continents and social strata as effortlessly as the insertion of an ellipse or a dash. With mesmerizing craftsmanship and massive imagination she takes the reader on an unforgettable journey across continents and, most importantly, deeply into the lives of the people whom she writes about ... Taiye Selasi's Ghana Must Go is a big novel, elemental, meditative, and mesmerizing, and when one adds the words 'first novel,' we speak about the beginning of an amazing career and a very promising life in letters." - Sapphire. A night not to be missed. Free admission. The Northwest African American Museum (www.naamnw.org) is at 2300 South Massachusetts Street. For more on this evening, please call Elliott Bay Book Company at (206) 624-6600.