City of Asylum Hosts Maaza Mengiste at Alphabet City

City of Asylum @ Alphabet City, located at 40 West North Avenue, is the permanent home for City of Asylum programming and the arts. It promises to be a hub for Pittsburgh’s readers and writers, jazz and small-scale music and performance, and artistic experimentation. It is a home for diverse voices from around the globe – a place where Pittsburgh meets the world and the world meets Pittsburgh. It also serves as a home for many partnering artists and organizations in our own community. To view all of the events that are scheduled, visit the Alphabet City website.

Maaza Mengiste
Monday, November 18 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Enjoy an evening of reading and discussion celebrating Maaza Mengiste’s new novel The Shadow King. In the novel, nothing true can remain hidden. No matter how intently characters try to suppress them. Reality may be papered over by stories and constructed memories, but the truth resurfaces at unexpected moments and in tenacious ways. An epic, elegiac novel about the majesty and influence of women warriors during the Second Italo-Ethiopian War, The Shadow King lifts to the forefront the unassailable power of women’s courage and prowess in conflicts throughout history.