First-Year Read author Yaa Gyasi will talk about her novel Homegoing, the story of two Ghanaian half-sisters who are separated from all that they know--one in order to marry a British slaver and the other to be sold into slavery. Homegoing follows the diverging fates of seven generations of the sisters’ descendants both in Ghana, where repercussions from the slave trade and British colonialism shape the family, and in America, where the family is destined to bear the destructive legacy of slavery. Homegoing won the 2016 National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize for the best debut novel. A Q&A session and book signing will follow the 45-minute talk. This lecture is made possible by the Hanson Lecture Series through the Foundation for Enhancing Communities.