Finding Humanity in Crisis: Rabih Alemeddine & Omar El Akkad
October 26 at 5:30pm
Award-winning authors Rabih Alemeddine and Omar El Akkad bring us two of the most heartwrenching accounts of the refugee experience in their critically acclaimed new books. Their stories of Syrian refugees arriving by boat in Greece uncover the real-life horrors faced by displaced people in search of safety. In Alemeddine’s The Wrong End of the Telescope, Lebanese doctor Mina volunteers at a refugee camp where she meets Sumaiya, a Syrian mother secretly diagnosed with terminal liver cancer. El Akkad’s What Strange Paradise, recently shortlisted for the 2021 Scotiabank Giller Prize, uncovers the journey of six-year-old Amir, who finds unexpected support from a local girl while trying to reconnect with his community in a new land.
Interviewer: Danny Ramadan