David Santos Donaldson — Greenland - with Reggie Bailey — at Conn Ave

Upcoming Event
Monday, June 19, 2023 - 7:00pm

In 1919, Mohammed el Adl, the young Egyptian lover of British author E. M. Forster, spent six months in a jail cell. A century later, Kip Starling has locked himself in his Brooklyn basement study with a pistol and twenty-one gallons of Poland Spring to write Mohammed's story.

Kip has only three weeks until his publisher's deadline to immerse himself in the mind of Mohammed who, like Kip, is Black, queer, an Other. The similarities don't end there. Both of their lives have been deeply affected by their confrontations with Whiteness, homophobia, their upper crust education, and their white romantic partners. As Kip immerses himself in his writing, Mohammed's story - and then Mohammed himself - begins to speak to him, and his life becomes a Proustian portal into Kip's own memories and psyche. Greenland seamlessly conjures two distinct yet overlapping worlds where the past mirrors the present, and the artist's journey transforms into a quest for truth that offers a world of possibility.

Electric and unforgettable, David Santos Donaldson's tour de force excavates the dream of white assimilation, the foibles of interracial relationships, and not only the legacy of a literary giant, but literature itself.

David Santos Donaldson was raised in Nassau, Bahamas, and has lived in India, Spain, and the United States. He attended Wesleyan University and the Drama Division of the Juilliard School, and his plays have been commissioned by the Public Theater. He was a finalist for the Urban Stages Emerging Playwright Award and his writing has appeared in various magazines including Poets & Writers, Literary Hub, Electric Literature, and The Rumpus. He is a practicing psychotherapist and divides his time between Brooklyn, New York, and Seville, Spain. Donaldson’s debut novel, Greenland, was a finalist for the 2023 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and the 2023 Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction. 

Donaldson will be in conversation with Reggie Bailey. Bailey is the co-founder and Executive Producer of Books Are Pop Culture, the talk show that asks the questions pop culture deserves to the authors who create it. He is the creator of the 10 Books 10 Decades: The Biggest Book Challenge. A literary citizen who believes that books are a form of entertainment that should occupy the same space in our cultural lexicon as film, television, music, video games & fashion.

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This event is free with first come, first served seating.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Fiction & Poetry
Greenland: A Novel By David Santos Donaldson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063159563
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Published: Amistad - May 16th, 2023