Ethiopian authors, Maaza Mengiste and Dinaw Mengestu have been shortlisted for the 2011 Dayton Literary Peace Prize in the fiction category. Maaza Mengiste made the finalists list for her book, Beneath the Lion’s Gaze, while Dinaw Mengestu was shortlisted for his book, How to Read the Air. Their books were listed alongside three other finalists, namely […]
Born in 1978 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Dinaw Mengestu immigrated to the United States in 1980 with his mother and sister, joining his father who had fled Ethiopia two years earlier. A hugely talented writer, Mengestu has attained significant success at a young age as a novelist and journalist. He has authored two critically acclaimed novels.