Individual Author Record
Name: Dinaw MengestuPen Name: None Genre: C:ADULT Born: 1978 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Sites:
Illinois ConnectionMengestu was raised in Peoria and Forest Park. He graduated from Fenwick High School in Oak Park.
Biographical and Professional InformationDinaw Mengestu is an award-winning author and has been called, "one of the brightest young chroniclers of the African diaspora." He was born in Ethiopia and immigrated with his family to the US at the age of two. A graduate of Georgetown University and Columbia University's MFA program in fiction, Mengestu's articles have appeared in Harper's, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, Granta among others. A recipient of the National Book Foundation's "5 Under 35" award and The New Yorker's "20 under 40" award Mengestu also received The Guardian's First Book Award. The Lannan Visiting Writer at Georgetown University for spring 2007 and a 2012 MacArthur Genius Grant recipient, Mengestu was the Lannan Foundation Chair in Poetics from 2012-2015. He currently resides in New York.
*''The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears'', Riverhead Books, 2008*''Children of the Revolution'', Vintage Books, 2009*''How to Read the Air '', Riverhead Books, 2011*''All Our Names'', Vintage, 2015