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MENA | Palestine in Context | Stories from the Center of the World: New Middle East Fiction

When: Monday, May 20, 2024
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM CT

Where: Kresge Hall, 1515, 1880 Campus Drive , Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: 0

Contact: MENA  

Group: Middle East and North African Studies

Sponsor: The Markaz Review

Category: Lectures & Meetings, Fine Arts, Social, Multicultural & Diversity, Global & Civic Engagement


Join MENA, the Markaz Review, and City Lights Books for a book launch.  Editor Jordan Elgrably and contributing author Sahar Mustafah will discuss their new anthology, Stories from the Center of the World: New Middle East Fiction.  The book features short stories from 25 writers of Middle Eastern and North African origins.

Jordan Elgrably is the Editor in Chief of The Markaz Review. For many years he worked in Los Angeles where he was a social entrepreneur, producer & the founding director of the former Levantine Cultural Center (est. 2001), renamed The Markaz, Arts Center for the Greater Middle East. The Markaz closed on May 31, 2020 (as reported in the Los Angeles Times) but returned in September 2020 as The Markaz Review.

The daughter of immigrants, Sahar Mustafah explores her Palestinian heritage in her writing. She earned her MFA in Fiction from Columbia College where she was a Follett Graduate Scholar. Mustafah is a Willow Books Grand Prize Winner for Code of The West, was named one of the 25 Writers to Watch by The Guild Literary Complex of Chicago, and is a member of Voices Protest and Radius of Arab American Writers. Her debut novel, The Beauty of Your Face, was named a The New York Times Book Review Notable Books of 2020 and a Finalist for the 2021 Palestine Book Award. Mustafah writes and teaches outside of Chicago.



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