NEW DATE: JULY 29: Books from Banned Lands - Syria

NEW DATE: RE-SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, JULY 29 (one week after previous date)

           

NEW DATE! JULY 29: Books from Banned Lands - Syria 
Damascus Nights by Rafik Schami


We are excited to announce the launch of our new reading group, Books from Banned Lands, which will read contemporary literature (in English translations) from the seven Middle Eastern and North African countries targeted by the “Muslim ban” executive order of January 2017.

Starting with Rafik Schami's Damascus Nights representing Syria, we'll read books from Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Yemen, Libya, and Somalia, finishing the series around the one-year anniversary of the attempted ban.  This reading group comes out of a desire to do something, specifically as a bookstore, to resist the dehumanization of refugees, immigrants, Arabs, Arabic-speakers, and Muslims in the United States.  All readers are welcome for any and all of the meetings!

 The Books from Banned Lands reading group will meet on the third Saturday of every month at 3:00 pm, on the following schedule.

NEW DATE! Saturday, July 29: SYRIA

Damascus Nights, by Rafik Schami

Saturday, August 19: IRAQ
A Sky So Close, by Betool Khedairi

Saturday, September 23: LIBYA
In the Country of Men, by Hisham Matar

Saturday, October 21: IRAN
Sin, by Forough Farrokhzad

Saturday, November 18: SUDAN
Season of Migration to the North, by Tayeb Salih

Saturday, December 16 (earlier for the holidays): SOMALIA
Black Mamba Boy, by Nadifa Mohamed

Saturday, January 20 (One year since the Executive Order!): YEMEN
Hurma, by Ali Al-Muqri

All books will be available in advance at the Penn Book Center.


About Damascus Nights, from publisher Interlink Books:



"In the classical Arab tradition of tale-telling, here is a magical book that celebrates the power of storytelling, delightfully transformed for modern sensibilities by an award-winning author.  The time is present-day Damascus, and Salim the coachman, the city's most famous storyteller, is mysteriously struck dumb. To break the spell, seven friends gather for seven nights to present Salim with seven wondrous "gifts"—seven stories of their own design. Upon this enchanting frame of tales told in the fragrant Arabian night, the words of the past grow fainter, as ancient customs are yielding to modern turmoil. While the hairdresser, the teacher, the wife of the locksmith sip their tea and pass the water pipe, they swap stories about the magical and the mundane: about djinnis and princesses, about contemporary politics and the difficulties of bargaining in a New York department store. And as one tale leads to another... and another... all of Damascus appears before your eyes, along with a vision of storytelling—and talk—as the essence of friendship, of community, of life."

A sly and graceful work, a delight to readers young and old, Damascus Nights is, according to Publishers Weekly, "a highly atmospheric, pungent narrative."

Rafik Schami was born in Damascus in 1946, came to Germany in 1971 and studied chemistry in Heidelberg. Today he is the most successful German-speaking Arabic writer. His novels have been translated into 21 languages and received numerous international awards. His bestselling novel The Dark Side of Love (Interlink, 2009) received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and was selected by PW as a Favorite Summer Read. 

"A master spinner of innocently beguiling yarns, slyly oblivious to the Western cartographies of narrative art and faithful only to the oral itineraries of Arab storytellers, Rafik Schami plays with the genre of the Western novel, and he explodes it from within." - Anton Shammas 

Event date: 

Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Event address: 

130 S. 34th St
Penn Book Center
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Damascus Nights Cover Image
By Rafik Schami, Philip Boehm (Translator)
$15.00
ISBN: 9781566568319
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Interlink Books - March 1st, 2011

A Sky So Close Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780385720786
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Anchor Books - May 14th, 2002

In the Country of Men Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780385340434
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Dial Press - February 26th, 2008

Sin: Selected Poems of Forugh Farrokhzad Cover Image
By Sholeh Wolpe (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781557289483
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Arkansas Press - June 1st, 2010

Season of Migration to the North Cover Image
By Tayeb Salih, Laila Lalami (Introduction by), Denys Johnson-Davies (Translator)
$14.00
ISBN: 9781590173022
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New York Review of Books - April 14th, 2009

Black Mamba Boy Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780312569235
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - August 2nd, 2011

Hurma Cover Image
By Ali Al-Muqri, Thomas Aplin (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781850772774
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Darf Publishers - October 3rd, 2017