Reviews of the 2021/2022 Go Big Read Book: Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi Presented by the African Studies Program

The African Studies Program invites UW-Madison students to submit a review of Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi, the Go Big Read selection for the 2021/2022 academic year. Accepted submissions will be published on, a major platform on African literature.

Transcendent Kingdom is the story of a Ghanaian-American neuroscience graduate student at Stanford University and how her brother’s struggle with addiction leads her to explore the traumas that shaped her family’s tragic experience in the US. The entire UW-Madison community is coming together to read the book this year because it is a deeply moving story and for what it tells us about religion and science, race and immigration. We would love to hear your thoughts on the book.

What to Do: Write down your reaction to Transcendent Kingdom in a 400-to-700-word review.

Deadline: September 30

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The African Studies Program supports research, teaching, and outreach at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, bringing together scholars in multiple disciplines, students, teachers, and community partners to consider all aspects of land and life in Africa. The African Studies Program is a U. S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center for Africa, a unit in The International Division, and a member of the campus consortium of internationally oriented programs known as the Institute for Regional and International Studies.

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