“The Border & Its Meaning: Forgotten Stories,” with Laila Lalami
April 25 • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm• Free
Does a border have meaning? Find out as Laila Lalami explores those human-made demarcations that divide the world in “The Border and Its Meaning: Forgotten Stories,” a theme of this year’s Northwest Women Writers Symposium. Lalami’s novel, The Moor’s Account, has won the attention of critics, which include the American Book Award, the Arab American Book Award and Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. It was also a Man Booker Prize long list and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Lalami’s book is an imagined memoir of the first black explorer of America, a Moroccan slave, that reflects the travel narrative stories common in that era. The Moor’s Accountoffers readers an alternative narrative of the 1527 Spanish expedition to what is now known as the U.S. Gulf Coast. Lalami, born in Rabat, Morocco, also writes the “Between the Lines” column for The Nation, teaches creative writing at UC Riverside and serves as a critic-at-large for the Los Angeles Times.
This event is the seventh part of the annual Northwest Women Writers Symposium sponsored by the UO Center for the Study of Women in Society in cooperation with the Eugene Public Library. Books will be available for purchase and the author will be present for autographs. The event is 6 to 7 pm Wednesday, April 25, at the downtown library and is FREE. — Henry Houston