Nadeem Aslam Reading and Dessert Reception

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Fiction Reading and Reception with Author Nadeem Aslam
2008 British Council USA/Jenny McKean Moore Writer in Residence at GW

You are cordially invited to attend a fiction reading by renowned author Nadeem Aslam, 2008 British Council USA/Jenny McKean Moore Writer in Residence at GW, author of the novel Maps for Lost Lovers. Dessert reception with the author will follow.

There is no cost to attend this event, but please register here by Friday, February 1.

In an unnamed town in England, Jugnu and Chanda have disappeared – and Chanda’s brothers have been arrested for their murder. What follows is an unraveling of all that is sacred to the family, as the pious Kaukab tries desperately to square the traditional justice of her culture with the more personal consequences of their murder. Maps for Lost Lovers opens the heart of a family at the crossroads of culture, community, nationality and religion and expresses their pain and desire in a language that is arrestingly poetic.

Nadeem Aslam was born in Pakistan in 1966 and moved to the UK as a teenager, his family settling in Huddersfield. He studied Biochemistry at the University of Manchester, but left to become a writer. His first novel, Season of the Rainbirds (1993) won a Betty Trask Award and the Authors’ Club First Novel Award, and was short listed for the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the Whitbread First Novel Award. His second novel, Maps for Lost Lovers (2004), which took 11 years to write, won the 2005 Encore Award and the 2005 Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize. Nadeem Aslam lives in London.

Nadeen Aslam is the first British Council USA/Jenny McKean Moore Writer in Residence at GW. The multi-year partnership between GW and the British Council will be on U.K. writers who are imagining the experience of diaspora, immigration, and intercultural contact, especially writers whose family heritage includes South Asia or the Middle East.

This event is sponsored by the GW Alumni Association and the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences English Department.

February 7 2008
7-9 PM
Cloyd Heck Marvin Center
Amphitheater, 3rd Floor (Reading)
Room 308 (Dessert Reception)
800 21st Street, NW
Washington, DC

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