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Léonora Miano - English Translation Release of "Season of the Shadow" in conversation w/ The Black Aesthetic member Jamal Batts

We're incredibly excited to be hosting the author, Léonora Miano, in collaboration with French Culture SF & beyond, the Cultural Services French Embassy in the US, and The Black Aesthetic. Léonora Miano will be reading and in conversation with TBA member Jamal Batts, and you don't want to miss it!

Léonora Miano is the author of Season of the Shadow, published in the United States by Seagull Books (distributed by the University of Chicago Press) in April 2018 in a translation by Gila Walker.

This powerful novel recounts the early days of the transatlantic slave trade in the perspective of its first victims, the sub-Saharan population. Léonora Miano presents a world on the brink of disappearing—a pre-colonial civilization with roots that stretch back for centuries. One day, a group of villagers finds twelve of their people missing. Where have they gone? Who is responsible? A collective dream, troubling a group of mothers in a communal dwelling, may hold some of the answers, as the women’s missing sons call to them in terror. At the same time, a thick shadow settles over the huts, blocking out the light of day. It is the shadow of slavery, which will soon grow to blight the whole world. Miano renders this brutal story in deliberately strange, dreamlike prose, befitting a situation that is, on its face, all but impossible for the villagers to believe.

Born in Cameroon, Léonora Miano moved to France as a student. She has written fourteen books that have been translated into many languages. Miano’s award-winning first novel, L’intérieur de la nuit, was released in 2005 and translated in English by Tasmin Black. Her other books include Contours du jour qui vient, which was awarded the Prix Goncourt des Lycéens in 2006. Upon its release in France in 2013, the book Season of the Shadow won the prestigious Fémina prize and the Grand prix du roman metis.

Jamal Batts is a writer and doctoral student in African American and African Diaspora Studies at UC Berkeley. His work explores blackness, queerness, visual culture and the intricacies of sexual risk. He is a member of the Oakland-based film screening and curatorial collective The Black Aesthetic.