About KGNU

Booktalk: Ethiopian-American Maaza Mengiste speaks of “Beneath the Lion’s Gaze”

In Booktalk, Metro Arts

Maaza Megniste left her homeland when she was four, yet she still has memories of the revolution that began in Ethiopia in 1974, a war that forms the backdrop of her debut novel published several years ago. She describes what triggered this bloody conflict, the family whose story is told and details some little known facts about the history of Ethiopia, one of the world’s oldest cultures.


Top authors are interviewed on this 10-minute program that captures their words about their books and ideas and often the story behind the story. The show, hosted by Diana Korte and engineered by Gene Korte, is in its 20th year of production.