Auburn Avenue Research Library presents Mateo Askaripour in conversation with Dante Stewart - This Great Hemisphere

Auburn Avenue Research Library presents Mateo Askaripour in conversation with Dante Stewart - This Great Hemisphere

Thursday, Jul 11, 2024 7:00 PM

Auburn Avenue Research Library
101 Auburn Avenue NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

From the award-winning and bestselling author of "Black Buck": A speculative novel about a young woman—invisible by birth and relegated to second-class citizenship—who sets off on a mission to find her older brother, whom she had presumed dead but who is now the primary suspect in a high-profile political murder.

A Cappella Books and the Auburn Avenue Research Library and Museum welcome author Mateo Askaripour in honor of his highly-anticipated new novel, "This Great Hemisphere." The author will appear in conversation with Dante Stewart, award-winning writer and author of "Shoutin’ in the Fire: An American Epistle." 

This event is free and open to the public. Copies of "This Great Hemisphere" will be available at the venue.

About the Book

Despite the odds, Sweetmint, a young invisible woman, has done everything right her entire life—school, university, and now a highly sought-after apprenticeship with the Northwestern Hemisphere's premier inventor, a non-invisible man belonging to the Dominant Population who is as eccentric as he is enigmatic. But the world she has fought so hard to build after the disappearance of her older brother comes crashing down when authorities claim that not only is he well and alive, he's also the main suspect in the murder of the Chief Executive of the Northwestern Hemisphere. 

A manhunt ensues, and Sweetmint, armed with courage, intellect, and unwavering love for her brother, sets off on a mission to find him before it's too late. With five days until the hemisphere's big election, Sweetmint must dodge a relentless law officer determined to maintain order and an ambitious politician with sights set on becoming the next Chief Executive by any means necessary.

With the captivating worldbuilding of N. K. Jemisin's novels and blazing defiance of Naomi Alderman's work, "This Great Hemisphere" is a novel that brilliantly illustrates the degree to which reality can be shaped by non-truths and vicious manipulations while shining a light on our ability to surprise ourselves when we stop giving in to the narratives others have written for us.

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Mateo Askaripour wants people to feel seen. His first novel, "Black Buck," takes on racism in corporate America with humor and wit. Askaripour was chosen as one of Entertainment Weekly's "10 rising stars to make waves," and "Black Buck" was a Read With Jenna Today Show book club pick. Most recently, he was named as a recipient of the National Book Foundation's "5 Under 35" prize. "This Great Hemisphere" is his second novel. He lives in Brooklyn.

About the Conversation Partner

Danté Stewart is the author of "Shoutin’ in the Fire: An American Epistle." He is an award-winning writer, whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Atlantic, New York Times, the Washington Post, TIME, ESPN, Andscape, Oxford American, Sojourners, NPR, CNN, MSNBC, and more. His forthcoming ESPN essay on what football means to one small Black rural town is being produced into an ESPN documentary, on which Danté also serves as a writer. He is a sought-after voice on matters of faith, heartbreak, justice and the power of telling the stories that matter and has spoken on these issues for NPR on several occasions. Named by Georgia Writers Association as "Georgia Writer of the Year” by The Center for American Progress as one of "22 Faith Leaders to Watch in 2022"; and by Religion News Service as one of "Ten Up-And-Coming Faith Influencers." He received his B.A. in Sociology from Clemson University and his MTS from The Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He is an ordained minister and lives with his wife and children in Georgia.