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Dinaw Mengestu and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on “People Who Are Shaping Washington” List

The Washingtonian recently placed writers Dinaw Mengestu and Chimamanda Adichie on their list of “The New Guard: People Who are Shaping Washington”. Both Adichie and Mengestu recieved a $500 000 MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant, in 2008 and last year respectively.

Mengestu, an alum of Georgetown University, published his first book, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears, in 2007 and his new novel, All Our Names, will be published later this year.

Adichie is the author of the Orange Prize-winnning Half of A Yellow Sun and her new novel, Americanah, is due out in May.

How to Read the AirDinaw MengestuChimamanda AdichieHalf of a Yellow Sun
The Beautiful Things That Heaven BearsChildren of the RevolutionThe Thing Around Your NeckPurple Hibiscus

Dinaw Mengestu and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie have a lot in common. Both have received $500,000 MacArthur Foundation “genius” grants— Mengestu in 2012, Adichie in 2008. Both were born in Africa— Mengestu in Ethiopia, Adichie in Nigeria. And both were named among the New Yorker’s 20 best writers under 40.

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