Penn State Altoona announces 2023 Common Read events

Book Cover: Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

Penn State Altoona is pleased to announce a full line-up of events, including lectures and discussions, for the 2023-24 Common Read book “Transcendent Kingdom” by Yaa Gyasi.

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ALTOONA, Pa. — Penn State Altoona has announced a full lineup of events, including lectures and discussions, for the campus' 2023-24 Common Read book, “Transcendent Kingdom” by Yaa Gyasi.

Gyasi was born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and lives in Berkeley, California. She is the winner of the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize, the PEN/Hemingway Award for Best First Novel, and was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize. Her debut novel, “Homegoing,” was a winner at the 2017 Audie Awards.

“Transcendent Kingdom” is a deeply moving portrait of a family of Ghanaian immigrants ravaged by depression, addiction and grief — and a novel about faith, science, religion and love. 

Visit the Common Read site for a full list of events and more information about “Transcendent Kingdom.”