National Book Award Finalist Rabih Alameddine to Give Reading at Bard College on Sunday, April 12
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—On Sunday, April 12, celebrated author Rabih Alameddine will read from his work at Bard College. Alameddine is the author of the story collection The Perv and the novels Koolaids; I, the Divine; The Hakawati; and, most recently, An Unnecessary Woman, a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award and a book the Wall Street Journal called “irresistible.” The Journal wrote that Alameddine “offers winningly unrestricted access to the thoughts of his affectionate, urbane, vulnerable and fractiously opinionated heroine. Aaliya says that when she reads, she tries to ‘let the wall crumble just a bit, the barricade that separates me from the book.’ Mr. Alameddine’s portrayal of a life devoted to the intellect is so candid and human that, for a time, readers can forget that any such barrier exists.” Alameddine divides his time between San Francisco and Beirut and was a 2002 Guggenheim Fellow.
The reading, presented by the Written Arts and Middle Eastern Studies Programs and by the Difference and Media Project, takes place at 1 p.m. in Weis Cinema in the Bertelsmann Campus Center. It is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required. The reading will be introduced by Mary Caponegro, Richard B. Fisher Family Professor in Literature and Writing and director, Written Arts Program; and followed by a Q&A and book signing, with book sales by Oblong Books & Music.
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