We suspect that you, like us, have a rich inner life, and never get tired of traipsing its landscape. Join us on the 30th if you carry a portrait of Emily Dickinson in your heart, and have a soft spot for introverts and writers who are obsessed with the power of language and literature to create our inner worlds.
In Rabih Alameddine's new novel, we ride along in the pocket of a fascinating, obsessive introvert -- a 72-year old Dickinson-esque Beiruti woman (the "unnecessary woman" of the book's title) as she translates a book a year into Arabic, and never shows the translations to anyone. We see Aaliya's fertile, polyglot musings on literature, art, and philosophy, through the lens of "a wonderful mind at play" (Colm Tóibín).
Join us at the AAWW for a reading and conversation on the inner life and how it is made outer by language.
Rabih Alameddine is the author of the novels Koolaids, and I, the Divine, The Hakawati, the story collection, The Perv, and most recently, An Unnecessary Woman. He divides his time between San Francisco and Beirut.