Maaza Mengiste

Maaza Mengiste Sun 21 Feb His Majesty's Theatre Sun 21 Feb His Majesty's Theatre $19
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Sun 21 Feb at His Majesty's Theatre, from $19

Join us in conversation with Ethiopian-born Maaza Mengiste, author of the 2020 Booker Prize shortlisted The Shadow King. Set in Ethiopia during the 1935 invasion by the Italians, The Shadow King catalogues the efforts of a brave battalion of women who took up arms to defend their country.

Maaza will appear via live stream and will be in discussion with an onstage moderator.

Maaza Mengiste
Maaza Mengiste is the author of The Shadow King, shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize, a LA Times Books Prize finalist, and a Best Book of 2019 by The New York Times, NPR, Time, Elle and other publications. Beneath the Lion's Gaze, her debut, was selected by The Guardian as one of the ten best contemporary African books.

Time & Location

Sun 21 Feb


His Majesty's Theatre, 825 Hay Street, Perth / Karboordup



  • Pay What You Can

    • Adult: $19

Pay What You Can | Our suggested price is $19 but you can choose to pay any amount you’d like – from $0. Any amount you pay above $19 will be used to ensure that other people are able to attend Festival events where cost is normally a barrier

Maaza Mengiste is appearing via live stream.

His Majesty’s Theatre will be offering a menu of delicious treats at Crew and King (Menu here) and Dress Circle Bar (Menu here) for you to enjoy during Literature Weekend in the City. Grab a quick bite between sessions or sit down and enjoy a coffee and cake with your favourite book.


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Thank you


  • Nina Subin


  • Supported by Boffins Books
  • Presented in association with The Wheeler Centre

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