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Writer Rebecca Fisseha to read as part of Lorenzo Reading Series

Author: UNB Newsroom

Posted on Nov 4, 2019

Category: UNB Saint John

Writer Rebecca Fisseha will read from Daughters of Silence on Thursday, Nov. 7, as part of UNB Saint John’s Lorenzo Reading Series.

Ash from the Eyjafjallajökull volcano fills the skies. Flights are grounded throughout Europe. Dessie, a cosmopolitan flight attendant from Canada, finds herself stranded in Addis Ababa — her birth place. Grieving her mother's recent death, Dessie heads to see her grandfather, the Shaleqa — compelled as much by duty as her own will. But Dessie's conflicted past stands in her way. Just as the volcano's eruption disordered Dessie's work life, so too does her mother's death cause seismic disruptions in the fine balance of self-deceptions and false histories that uphold her family.

Ms. Fisseha’s fiction and non-fiction explore the Ethiopian diaspora. Her writing has appeared in the Room, Joyland, Maple Tree Literary Supplement, and is forthcoming in Addis Ababa Noir. Her play wise.woman was produced by b current at the Toronto Theatre Centre.

The Lorenzo Reading Series acknowledges the support of The League of Canadian Poets, UNB Saint John, UNB Saint John Bookstore, and its private reading sponsors.

Rebecca Fisseha will read from her book on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. in the Ganong Hall Lecture Theatre, UNB Saint John campus. All are welcome.

For more information contact Andrea Kikuchi at (506) 648-5782 or email lorenzo@unb.ca.

Photo credit: Chris Frampton