Ethiopian immigrant to talk about his experiences

The King County Library System is offering the community a chance to listen and talk with local immigrants and their personal experiences in The Big Read program.

  • Thursday, October 22, 2015 1:13pm
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The King County Library System is offering the community a chance to listen and talk with local immigrants and their personal experiences in The Big Read program.

Dinaw Mengestu, an Ethiopian-American author and university writing faculty at Georgetown University and Brooklyn College, will make two appearances in October.

He’s discuss his book, “The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears,” 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, at the Tukwila Comunity Center banquet hall, 12424 42nd Ave. S.

This event will include a discussion, reception and book signing. A language interpreter will be available.

Mengestu will lead and mentor local youth from immigrant communities in a writing workshop to help them capture and share their own immigrant experiences, 1 p.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Seola Gardens Joseph House in White Center, 11215 Fifth Ave. S.W., Seattle. Space is limited. To register, call 425-369-3455 or register online at

Mengestu was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 1978 and immigrated to the United States in 1980.


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