Reading: Anna Dao's FINDING LALA'S ANNA

Thursday, June 20, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
RECIRCULATION A project of Word Up
876 Riverside Drive (near 160th St.)
New York, NY 10032


Author Anna Dao will read selections from her memoir Finding Lalla's Anna and discuss the importance of cultural ancestral storytelling and its significant role in African history. Learn about this fascinating woman's journey, and the road that took her from a path of uncertainty in Mali, to finding her purpose in a life lived with certainty in New York City.

Finding Lalla's Anna is a captivating memoir of cultural identity, family, and the unwavering strength of love. It's a poignant exploration of belonging, self-discovery, and the power of ancestral wisdom to heal even the deepest wounds.

This event is a $5 suggested donation ticket with 50 max attendees. Please register in advance. 

In compliance with Word Up Community Safety guidelines, all attendees are encouraged to stay masked at all time. 

Recirculation, a project of Word Up Community Bookshop, is located at 876 Riverside Drive (near 160th St.) in Washington Heights, NYC. You can take the 1 train to 157th St., A/C train to 163rd St., and the M4 and M5 to Broadway and 159/160th.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Torn between worlds, adri0 in her own story, Anna Dao searches for belonging.

Born to a globetrotting diplomat father and haunted by the silence of her absent mother, Anna‘s childhood is a tapestry woven from fragments of different cultures. Guided by the unwavering love and wisdom of her Malian grandmother, Lalla, Anna seeks solace in ancestral traditions as she navigates life marked by loneliness and displacement.

But years of nomadic existence take their toll, leading to emotional burnout in the bustling heart of New York City. Facing fractured relationships in the ghost of her past, Anna embarks on a transformative journey. Fueled by resilience and Lalla‘s enduring spirit, she confronts long-buried truths, mends broken bonds, and finally discovers the courage to embrace her true self. Finding Lalla's Anna is a captivating memoir of cultural identity, family, and the unwavering strength of love. It’s a poignant exploration of belonging, self-discovery, and the power of ancestral wisdom to heal even the deepest wounds.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A student and a teacher of Mali Ancestral Oral Tradition, and Philosophy of Life, Anna Dao was born in Paris and spent her formative years in Mali, France, New York, Belgium, Canada. Born to a globetrotting diplomat father and haunted by the silence of her absent mother, Anna's childhood is a tapestry woven from fragments of different cultures. Guided by the unwavering love and wisdom of her Malian grandmother, Lalla, Anna seeks solace in ancestral traditions as she navigates a life marked by loneliness and displacement. But years of nomadic existence had taken their toll, leading to emotional burnout in the bustling heart of New York City. Facing fractured relationships and the ghosts of her past, Anna embarked on a transformative journey. Fueled by resilience and Lalla's enduring spirit, she confronted long-buried truths, mended broken bonds, and finally discovered the courage to embrace her true self.


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