Dinaw Mengestu’s debut novel The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears (Penguin Riverhead, 2007) has been translated into 12 languages. It was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 2007, and received the 2007 Prix du Premier Meilleur Roman Etranger, 2007 Guardian First Book Award, and 2008 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Mengestu also received a 2007 Lannan Literary Fellowship, and was named one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35,” a recognition of young fiction writers who are “among the best of a new generation of writers.” Mengestu has written for Rolling Stone, Jane, Harper’s, The Wall Street Journal, and numerous other publications. He was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, and he received his BA from Georgetown University. He lives in New York City.
Columbia University School of the Arts Writing Program alumnus Dinaw Mengestu's ('05SOA) second novel, "How to Read the Air," will be available October 14 from Riverhead Books. Mengestu will have a reading, Q and A, and book signing at Barnes & Nobles Tribeca (97 Warren Street at Greenwich) in New York on the 14th at 7 p.m.
Five Columbia University School of the Arts Writing Program faculty and alumni were chosen as The New Yorker magazine's '20 Under 40' fiction writers worth watching, representing one-quarter of the list.
Work by eight of the selected twenty writers will appear in the double fiction issue of the magazine that arrives on newsstands June 7. Work by the remaining twelve writers will be published in the magazine throughout the summer.
The New Yorker last published such a list in 1999.