Kelly Community Reading Series ft. Sofia Samatar


Location: St. Joseph County Public Library

Kelly Community Reading Series Sofia Samatar

You're invited to join the Creative Writing Program for a two-day visit from Sofia Samatar. Both events are free and open to the public.

"A Conversation with Sofia Samatar" 

Join us in the Reading Room of Hammes Bookstore for a special conversation between award-winning author Sofia Samatar and poet, critic, and translator Johannes Göransson. Books will be available to purchase from Hammes Bookstore after the event.

When: Tuesday, November 14, 2023
Time: Pre-Event Reception 1:30 p.m. | Event 2:00 p.m. 
Where: Hammes Bookstore Reading Room (2nd Floor)

"Kelly Community Reading: Sofia Samatar"

The Creative Writing Program Reading Series invites you to our inaugural Kelly Community Reading event: an evening with Sofia Samatar at the St. Joe County Public Library. A Q&A and book signing will follow. Books will be available to purchase from Brain Lair Books.

When: Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Where: St. Joseph County Public LIbrary

Sofia Samatar is the author of five books, most recently the memoir The White Mosque. Her works include the award-winning epic fantasy A Stranger in Olondria and Monster Portraits, an exploration of monsters in collaboration with her brother, the artist Del Samatar. Her essays, fiction, and criticism have appeared in ConjunctionsLightspeedStrange HorizonsUncanny MagazineObsidian, The White ReviewNorth American ReviewThe Paris Review DailyThe New InquiryResearch in African LiteraturesBest American Science Fiction and Fantasy, and elsewhere. Her work has been translated into eleven languages. She holds a PhD in African Languages and Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied modern Arabic literature and wrote a dissertation on the Sudanese writer Tayeb Salih. Samatar’s collaborative study of literature with Kate Zambreno, Tone, is forthcoming from Columbia University Press in 2023. Her science fiction novella The Practice, the Horizon, and the Chain, a story of universities, carceral systems, and breath, is forthcoming from in 2024. Sofia Samatar lives in Virginia and teaches African literature, Arabic literature, and speculative fiction at James Madison University, where she is Roop Distinguished Professor of English.