Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Visiting Writers Series presents Laila Lalami

Thursday, September 27
Lenoir-Rhyne University

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Visiting Writers Series (VWS) will present Laila Lalami, LR’s Read Campus author, on Thursday, September 27 in P.E. Monroe Auditorium at 7 p.m. 

Laila Lalami is a Moroccan-American novelist and essayist. She has written three books, Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, Secret Son, and The Moor’s Account, and her essays have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, The Guardian, and the Los Angeles Times. Her first novel, Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, is Lenoir-Rhyne's 2018-2019 Campus Read, which details the journey of four Moroccan immigrants crossing the Straits of Gibraltar in a lifeboat seeking a better life in Spain. Anouar Majid of Tingis Magazine noted that Lalami's story felt "as if literature has spoken directly to me for the first time in my life,” in a review of the novel. Fellow writer, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o adds that through her stories, Lalami "gives name to the unnamed; agency to the sidelined" and "gives voice to the silences of history.” She has been a finalist for the Oregon Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, and has won the American Book Award and the Arab-American Book Award. Lalami has previously been a recipient of Fulbright, Guggenheim, and British Council Fellowships, and currently teaches creative writing at UC Riverside.

Sponsors of the 2018-19 VWS include: Barnes & Noble, NC Arts Council, United Arts Council of Catawba County, National Endowment for the Arts, Hickory Hop, Crowne Plaza, Café Rule, Hickory Public Library, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams and Robert Abbey Fine Lighting.

Mission Statement:

The Visiting Writers Series of Lenoir-Rhyne University believes that reading is an essential element in the creation of vibrant communities. We invite authors to read from their own works in a relaxed environment before university and community audiences. We believe the beauty and power of words help us make sense of the world. Children's writers, mystery writers, essayists, poets, novelists all participate in this celebration of the written and spoken word. We believe that a community of readers is a better community.

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Thursday, September 27 · add to calendar 2018-09-27 09:00:00 2018-09-27 17:00:00 America/New_York Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Visiting Writers Series presents Laila Lalami https://charlottecultureguide.com/event/423163/lenoir-rhyne-universitys-visiting-writers-series-presents-laila-lalami Lenoir-Rhyne University, 625 7th Ave NE, Hickory, NC, 28601
Free and open to the public. Tickets are recommended in advance for Laila Lalami, Armistead Maupin, and Louise Penny.
Call 828.328.7206 to order.

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