Connecticut College: Author Yaa Gyasi for One Book One Region

Bank Square Books will partner for the 15th Annual One Book One Region Program of Eastern Connecticut, featuring the 2017 selection, Homegoing. Author Yaa Gyasi will be speaking at Palmer Auditorium of Connecticut College at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 27. This author talk will be open to the public, and an opportunity to have the author sign books purchased at the event will be available following Gyasi's presentation. 

About Yaa Gyasi

New York's Yaa Gyasi was born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. She holds a BA in English from Stanford University and an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she held a Dean's Graduate Research Fellowship. Gyasi was awarded the National Book Foundation's "5 under 35" Award and is included in Forbes "30 Under 30" List. Homegoing is her debut novel.

About One Book, One Region

The goals of One Book, One Region are to bring people together to discuss ideas, to broaden the appreciation of reading, and to break down barriers among people. This year's program is sponsored by Connecticut Humanities, Connecticut College, and private foundations. For further information, please call the Groton Public Library at 860-441-6750 or go to More event details can be found on the Connecticut College website at

About Homegoing

Ghana, eighteenth century: two half sisters are born into different villages, each unaware of the other. One will marry an Englishman and lead a life of comfort in the palatial rooms of the Cape Coast Castle. The other will be captured in a raid on her village, imprisoned in the very same castle, and sold into slavery.

Homegoing follows the parallel paths of these sisters and their descendants through eight generations: from the Gold Coast to the plantations of Mississippi, from the American Civil War to Jazz Age Harlem. Yaa Gyasi's extraordinary novel illuminates slavery's troubled legacy both for those who were taken and those who stayed--and shows how the memory of captivity has been inscribed on the soul of our nation.

Winner of the PEN/ Hemingway Award
Winner of the NBCC’s John Leonard Award
New York Times Notable Book
Washington Post Notable Book
One of the Best Books of the Year: NPR, Time,, Harper’s BazaarSan Francisco ChronicleMother JonesEsquireEllePaste, Entertainment Weeklythe Skimm, Minneapolis Star TribuneBuzzFeed

Homegoing is Connecticut College's Summer Read Selection (as well as the selection for several other colleges, including Gyasi's alma mater, Stanford) in addition to Eastern Connecticut's One Book, One Region Selection.


Event date: 
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
Palmer Auditorium at Connecticut College
270 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320
Homegoing Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101971062
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - May 2nd, 2017

Winner of the PEN/ Hemingway Award
Winner of the NBCC's John Leonard Award
Shortlisted for the British Book Award - Debut of the Year
A New York Times Notable Book
A Washington Post Notable Book