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Aminatta Forna

Aminatta Forna is the author of The Hired Man, The Memory of Love, and Ancestor Stones, and the harrowing memoir of Forna’s childhood and the disappearance and death of her father in Sierra Leone in the mid-1970s, The Devil That Danced on the Water (2002). Her work has won her many awards, including the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Best Book Award 2011, Windham Campbell Award from Yale University, a Hurston Wright Legacy Award the Liberaturpreis in Germany, and the Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize. Her work has been featured in many different outlets, including Granta, the Guardian, and LitHub. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a member of the Folio Academy. Forna is a Lannan Visiting Chair of Poetics at Georgetown University and Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. Her latest book is Happiness, which the Guardian calls a "vivid portrait of marginalised people."

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