Women's Worlds Book Club: Pearls on a Branch, ed. by Najla Khoury (Lebanon, Arabic)

Women's Worlds
Penn Book Center Reading Group, 2018


2017 changed the conversation for women. From the Women's March to #MeToo and everything beyond and in between, popular culture is coming to a reckoning and women's voices are raised louder and stronger than ever. In an era of growing political nationalism, we want to turn our ears to the words and voices of women beyond our land and language. From the Caribbean to South Africa to Northern Europe, here are women's voices that reverberate in and beyond our urgent moment.

All texts are from Archipelago Books, a not-for-profit literary press devoted to promoting cross-cultural exchange through innovative classics and contemporary international literature in translation.

All meetings will be on the third Saturday of the month at 3 pm. Coffee and snacks will be provided.

 

About Pearls on a Branch: Oral Tales and Najla Khoury:

A collection of 30 traditional Syrian and Lebanese folktales infused with new life by Lebanese women, collected by Najla Khoury.

While civil war raged in Lebanon, Najla Khoury traveled with a theater troupe, putting on shows in marginal areas where electricity was a luxury, in air raid shelters, Palestinian refugee camps, and isolated villages. Their plays were largely based on oral tales, and she combed the country in search of stories. Many years later, she chose one hundred stories from among the most popular and published them in Arabic in 2014, exactly as she received them, from the mouths of the storytellers who told them as they had heard them when they were children from their parents and grandparents. Out of the hundred stories published in Arabic, Inea Bushnaq and Najla Khoury chose thirty for this book.
 

Najla Jraissaty Khoury was born in Beirut. In the 1970s, she taught at adult literacy programs and later trained pre-school teachers. Her work has been influenced by her experience in education and her interest in folk tales and children's literature. Najla Khoury founded and directed a puppet troupe and has developed several educational toys. In 1997, she helped found the NGO Assabil Libraries, which focuses on establishing public libraries throughout Lebanon.

 

Women's Worlds Year-Long Program 

FEBRUARY 17:
Dance on the Volcano, Marie Vieux-Chauvet (Haiti, French)

MARCH 17:
Love, Hanne Ørstavik (Norway, Norwegian)

APRIL 21:
Absolute Solitude: Poems, Dulce María Loynaz (Cuba, Spanish) 
Moscow in the Plague Year: Poems, Marina Tsvetaeva (Russia, Russian)

MAY 19:
Incest, Christine Angot (France, French)

JUNE 16:
The First Wife, Paulina Chiziane (Mozambique, Portuguese)

JULY 21:
Pearls on a Branch, ed. Najla Khoury (Lebanon, Arabic)

AUGUST 18:
The Expedition to the Baobab Tree, Wilma Stockström (South Africa, Afrikaans)

SEPTEMBER 15:
Dreams and Stones, Magdalena Tulli (Poland, Polish)

OCTOBER 20:
Cockroaches, Scholastique Mukasonga (Rwanda, French)

NOVEMBER 17:
Angel of Oblivion, Maja Haderlap (Slovenia, German)

DECEMBER 15:
To Mervas, Elisabeth Rynell (Sweden, Swedish)

Event date: 
Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Event address: 
Penn Book Center
130 S. 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6304
Pearls on a Branch: Oral Tales Cover Image
By Najla Jraissaty Khoury, Inea Bushnaq (Translated by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780914671961
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Archipelago - April 17th, 2018

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