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Written Arts Program Presents

Monday, November 13, 2017
A Reading by Malu Halasa
Campus Center, Weis Cinema
4:45 pm
The writer and editor will read from her first novel, Mother of All Pigs
On Monday, November 13, at 4:45 p.m. in Weis Cinema, Bertelsmann Campus Center, Malu Halasa reads from her novel, Mother of All Pigs.  The reading will be followed by a Q&A and is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required. 

Mother of All Pigs unveils contemporary life in the Middle East, as one family confronts its secrets over the course of a weekend’s festivities. Told from alternating points of view, Halasa’s debut novel is at times witty and energetic, compassionate and awe-inspiring, and over all, unputdownable.

"Malu Halasa’s brilliant and gripping novel gave me a better sense of the vivid complexity of contemporary life in the Middle East than anything else I’ve read. Written at the intersection of all the big contemporary conversations - about kinship, politics, ethnicity, religion, gender and morality - it nonetheless remains intimate and engaging." —Brian Eno

Malu Halasa is a Jordanian Filipina American writer and editor based in London. Born in Oklahoma, she was raised in Ohio and is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University. Her books include: Syria Speaks – Art and Culture from the Frontline (2014); Transit Tehran: Young Iran and Its Inspirations (2009); The Secret Life of Syrian Lingerie: Intimacy and Design (2008); Kaveh Golestan: Recording the Truth in Iran (2007); Transit Beirut: New Writing and Images (2004) and Creating Spaces of Freedom: Culture in Defiance (2002). Mother of All Pigs is her first novel.

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Time: 4:45 pm

Location: Campus Center, Weis Cinema