PODCAST: Aminatta Forna Speaker Series Event(55:35)
Special Feature: On January 26, 2011, The International Museum of Women, in association with the World Affairs Council of Northern California, hosted Aminatta Forna in a conversation with Clare Winterton, IMOW's Executive Director, as part of its Extraordinary Voices, Extraordinary Change Speaker Series. Forna latest novel, The Memory of Love, depicts a deeply hopeful and universal story about love and human resilience. Forna discussed the importance of telling untold stories, talked about what inspires her as a woman writer, and described her experience as a dual citizen of both the United Kingdom and Sierra Leone. The tortuous events of Sierra Leone's history have dominated Forna's writing. She is the daughter of a former Sierra Leonean cabinet minister and dissident, murdered by the state in 1975. In 2003, Forna helped build a primary school in her family's village of Rogbonko. Forna is a trustee of the Royal Literary Fund, sits on the advisory committee of the Caine Prize for African Writing and is a member of the International Museum of Women's Global Council.