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The Center for Fiction


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17 E. 47th Street
New York, NY 10017

Tel: 212/755-6710
Fax: 212/826-0831
http://www.centerforfiction.org/

The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu

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The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears
Dinaw Mengestu

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Events

Reading Group: Literary Dis/Locations

Maaza Mengiste led a book group investigating books that address a kind of dislocated existence, made manifest by music, by sound, by the absence of it. They're also gleefully dislodde ideas of friendship, love, loyalty, identity and history.

Event Location: The Center for Fiction, 17 E. 47th Street, New York, NY 10017

Date: Wed, Sep 30, 2015
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Date: Wed, Oct 14, 2015
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Date: Wed, Oct 28, 2015
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Date: Wed, Nov 11, 2015
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Book: The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

Reading Group on Gentrification

The Center for Fiction will host a reading group on the topic of gentrification, featuring The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears. Led by novelist Jon Michaud, the group will also read Paule Marshall's Brown Girls, Brownstones; Atticus Lish's Preparations for the Next Life; Paula Fox's Desperate Characters; Michael Ondaatje's In the Skin of a Lion; and Philip Roth's American Pastoral.

Event Location: 17 E. 47th Street, New York, NY 10017

Date: Thu, Oct 1, 2015
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Date: Thu, Oct 8, 2015
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Date: Thu, Oct 15, 2015
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Date: Thu, Oct 22, 2015
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Date: Thu, Oct 29, 2015
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

Fact and Fiction: Gentrification Panel Discussion and Kickoff Event

Gentrification is one of the most divisive issues in contemporary city life, bringing together in a single term questions of racial justice, income inequality, political privilege, and urban development. This panel, which is part of a season of events inspired by the Big Read title, The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu, features two novelists and two nonfiction writers in conversation about this hotly debated topic: Angela Flournoy, DW Gibson, Sulieman Osman, and Sunil Yapa. The panel will be moderated by the Center's librarian, Jon Michaud.

Event Location: The Center for Fiction, 17 E. 47th Street, New York, NY 10017

Date: Thu, Apr 7, 2016
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Book: The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

Big Read Culminating Reading and Discussion

Word Up and The Center for Fiction partnered to hold a reading/discussion featuring historian Robert Snyder (Crossing Broadway) and novelist Victor LaValle. They discussed their work and themes from The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears, especially as they pertain to Northern Manhattan with its vibrant immigrant communities and rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods. The event took place at the Washington Heights literary center and bookshop, Word Up.

Event Location: Word Up Bookstore, 2113 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10032

Date: Tue, May 10, 2016
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Book: The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

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