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A Marathon Week: Hisham Matar plus Global Express and More!

It’s a whirlwind of literary events this week. In addition to the regular schedule, we have a series of public events centered around Hisham Matar’s visit. The New York Times best-selling novelist is in Iowa City this week as the 2012 Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor.

On Thursday, September 21st, tune in at noon to hear Matar interviewed on Iowa Public Radio’s River to River. You can also catch the interview Matar gave on The Lit Show the day he arrived.

On Friday, join Jeffrey Paparoa Holman (New Zealand), Lin Chun Ying (Taiwan), Jana Beňová (Slovakia) and Chan Chi Tak (Hong Kong) for a panel on “The Currents of Migration,” Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A, noon-1pm. Pizza will be served.

Then at 2pm, after the Migration panel, join Hisham Matar for an interactive discussion and Q&A session hosted by The Writing University.  Questions can be sent ahead of time to http://www.writinguniversity.org/page/submit-a-question.

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Later Friday afternoon, stop by the Shambaugh House for a reading with Andrei Khadanovich (Belarus) and Alina Dadaeva (Uzbekistan), 5-6pm. Light refreshments will be served.

On Saturday, don’t miss a special reading with Israeli playwright and IWP alumnus Motti Lerner, Shambaugh House, 2-3pm.

Join us again on Sunday, when Abdullah Thabit (Saudi Arabia) and Christopher Mlalazi (Zimbabwe) read with Writers’ Workshop student Anna Morrison at Prairie Lights, 4-5pm.

Finish the week off with some live theatre. Sunday at 7:30pm it’s Global Express, featuring staged dramatic readings of work by Pandora (Burma), Luis Bravo (Uruguay), Christopher Mlalazi (Zimbabwe), Gulala Nouri (Iraq), Bilal Tanweer (Pakistan), Choi Myoung Sook (South Korea), Taleb Al Refai (Kuwait), Dimitris Lyacos (Greece/Italy), and TJ Dema (Botswana). Join us for an evening of live entertainment as the work of these writers is brought to life by University of Iowa Theatre Arts students in Theatre B of the University of Iowa Theatre Building (200 North Riverside Dr.) Global Express is the last public event before the mid-residency travel period takes the writers off to New Orleans and San Francisco.

For those of you who missed last week’s riveting panel on “Writing in a Country at War,” more than fifty people packed into the Gerber Lounge in the UI English-Philosophy Building to hear IWP writers offer their views on the writer’s role and responsibilities. Panelist Yaghoub Yadali (Iran) observed that “If Tolstoy had died in the Crimean War, War and Peace would never have been written. But if he had not fought in the war, there would have been no War and Peace to write.” Writers also grappled with the idea of exploring the dark side of human nature and the relevance of the act of writing in times of war. During the Q&A, Taleb Al Refai (Kuwait) recounted a startling encounter with two Iraqi soldiers captured by a friend during the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait that brought audience members to tears. Watch for the papers to be made available in the IWP archives in the future.

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