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In a private room of the Central Branch of Brooklyn Public Library, a group of 20-or-so women sit around a table to ask questions of Yaa Gyasi, the debut author of Homegoing. In another hour, Gyasi will appear in front of a much larger audience in the library’s auditorium—to read and discuss the book with Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Tracy K. Smith, but for now she’s all theirs. It’s a privilege of being in...