The Middle East Institute and Burlington Book Festival present A Conversation with Prizewinning Saudi Novelist Dr. Mohammed Hasan Alwan

Fri, Oct 6 at 7pm

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An Emerging Voice in Saudi Literature: A Conversation with Novelist Dr. Mohammed Hasan Alwan

 

A beaver building a dam in Portland, Oregon.

The flickering lights of a distant oil field.

A great Sufi philosopher traveling the globe.


These are just a few of the topics that have inspired the writings of award-winning Saudi novelist, Dr. Mohammed Hasan Alwan. The author of five novels and numerous short stories, Alwan’s, most recent novel, A Small Death, was released to critical acclaim across the Arab world, winning the 2017 International Prize for Arabic Fiction, the most prestigious literary prize in the Arab world. Through the story of the great Arab traveler and philosopher, Ibn Arabi, the novel explores how travel can change a person’s perceptions and shape their spiritual journey. Now Dr. Alwan is coming to the U.S. to read from his award-winning novel, and to share the story of his creative process and his pathway to inspiration.

 

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The author of five critically acclaimed novels and numerous short stories, Dr Alwan is the winner of the 2017 International Prize for Arabic Fiction and the Prix de la Littérature Arabe awarded in Paris for the best Arabic novel translated into French in 2015. He is regarded as the Middle East's most distinguished literary figure and we are honored that he has agreed to kick off his US tour in Burlington.

Join us for a reading, conversation and multimedia presentation followed by a reception with complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres.

This is a free event and seating is limited so please RSVP ASAP to reserve your tickets.

A collaboration between the Burlington Book Festival and the Middle East Institute in Washington DC, this is the first in a planned series of free public lectures, talks and presentations.

The mission of the Institute's Arts and Culture program is to facilitate cross-cultural understanding by promoting the work of young Middle Eastern artists, hosting them in conversation and connecting them with American counterparts.

You can find more about this innovative cultural exchange project at http://www.mei.edu/arts-culture

 


 


ECHO Lakeside Pavilion

1 College Street
Burlington, VT 05401

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