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Yaa Gyasi: "Transcendent Kingdom"

Yaa Gyasi: "Transcendent Kingdom"

Update: 2020-11-26


This is the forty-first episode of "Talking with Authors" by HEC Media and HEC Books. We're a program dedicated to speaking with some of the best selling authors around, covering many different genres.

Today, our guest is New York Times Best Selling author Yaa Gyasi. We spoke with her via Zoom in September of 2020 about her second and newest book “Transcendent Kingdom" by publisher Penguin Random House.

Yaa Gyasi was born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama as a daughter of immigrant parents. She uses that lived experience in her newest work of fiction to broaden the conversation around the way that many stories are told about newcomers to the United States….this time through the tale of the main character, a neuroscientist named “Gifty". We’ll get into detail about the gripping life and times of Gifty and her family from the book and the real life of our guest Yaa Gyasi in our conversation today with this award winning, New York Times Best Seller on this edition of Talking With Authors from HEC Media and HEC Books.

Our host and interviewer this time is Tayari Jones.

HEC Media is a production company out of St. Louis, Missouri.  With the help of independent bookstore Left Bank Books and St. Louis County Library, we are able to sit down with these amazing writers and thought leaders to discuss their work, their inspiration, and what makes them special. You can watch video versions of most of our interviews at

Host  of this episode - Tayari Jones
Video Editor - Peter Foggy
Supervising Producer - Julie Winkle
Production Support - Jayne Ballew & Christina Chastain
HEC Media Executive Director - Dennis Riggs
Talking with Authors Podcast Executive Producer - Christina Chastain
Podcast Audio Editing - Ben Smith
Podcast Producer - Rod Milam
Podcast Host - Rod Milam

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Yaa Gyasi: "Transcendent Kingdom"

Yaa Gyasi: "Transcendent Kingdom"

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