Muslim Journeys: Points of View Takes a Literary Tour of the Islamic World

For Immediate Release:
January 10, 2014
Contact: Courtney Lewis
Muslim Journeys: Points of View Takes a Literary Tour of the Islamic World

Through the news, Westerners see the Muslim world as one of conflict, chaos, and war. But the headlines provide scant details about how people live their lives in Islamabad, Fez, Cairo, or Tehran.

The Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys discussion series allows readers to experience Islamic culture through memoirs and novels representing a diverse region and some of the best works in contemporary storytelling.

These five discussions are held on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the Waldo Branch, 201 E. 75th St. Leading the discussions are Carla Klausner, Curators' Professor of History Emerita at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Andrea Kempf, Librarian/Professor Emeritus at Johnson County Community College.

The schedule:

January 21, 2014 : In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar.
This 2006 nominee for the prestigious Man Booker Prize is a coming-of-age story set in the Libyan capital of Tripoli in 1979.

February 4, 2014: Persepolis: The Story of a Childhoodby Marjane Satrapi.
Satrapi's memoir - presented in graphic novel form - focuses on the importance of family and the struggle for identity in revolutionary Iranian society.

February 18, 2014: House of Stone by Anthony Shadid.
Born in Oklahoma, Arab-American Shadid became a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist covering the Middle East. Hismemoir melds his professional life with his family's saga of emigration to the United States.

March 18, 2914: Broken Versesby Kamila Shamsie.   
In her fourth novel, Pakistani writer Shamsie explores the limits of peaceful activism against violent repression. 
April 1, 2014: Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood by Fatima Mernissi.
Now a university sociologist, Mernissi grew up in a harem ... not the exotic, sexualized world of Western fantasy but an extended-family household.

All discussion groups are currently full, but the Library is accepting requests to be added to a waiting list. Call 816.701.3683 or email for more information.

Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys, a reading and discussion series, has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with the American Library Association.

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