While traveling to Ghana on a Stanford research fellowship, Yaa Gyasi visited the Cape Coast Castle, where she learned about the role Africans played in perpetuating the trans-Atlantic slave trade. This knowledge became the impetus for her debut novel “Homegoing,” which chronicles the lives of two Ghanaian sisters and their experiences of slavery. We speak with Berkeley-based Gyasi about the novel, which has been named a New York Times notable book for 2016.
Rebroadcast: Berkeley Author Yaa Gyasi on Her Acclaimed Slavery Epic, 'Homegoing'
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Yaa Gyasi (Photo: Michael Lionstar)
Yaa Gyasi, author, "Homegoing"