Petina Gappah

Petina Gappah


Petina Gappah is a widely translated Zimbabwean writer and lawyer that specializes in international trade and investment. She is the author of two novels, Out of Darkness, Shining Light and The Book of Memory, as well as two short story collections, Rotten Row and An Elegy for Easterly. Her work has been shortlisted for the Orwell Prize, the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the PEN/Open Book Award, the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and the Prix Femina étranger, among others. She is the recipient of The Guardian First Book Award and the McKitterick Prize from the Society of Authors. She currently lives in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Buy Petina Gappah’s latest novel, Out of Darkness, Shining Light, on Amazon.

Photo Credit: Henry Oliver Hakulandaba

Events with Petina Gappah

[CANCELED] Resonances: Writers on the Classics

07 May 2020
6:00 pm-7:00 pm
Mishkin Gallery at Baruch College
135 East 22nd Street
New York, NY 10010

[CANCELED] Unsung Voices

09 May 2020
4:30 pm-6:00 pm
Nuyorican Poets Cafe
236 East 3rd Street
New York, NY 10009

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