Thursday, October 23, 2014

[Library Events and Programs] Dinaw Mengestu Reading and Immigrant Experience Panel Discussion

We have added a special panel discussion to the Memphis Reads finale scheduled for Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at the Central Library. Along with a visit from our special guest Dinaw Mengestu, author of The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears, attendees will hear powerful stories of struggle and survival from three authors who are also immigrants to the United States. 

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Who are the panelists? 

Della Adams: daughter of an American POW and granddaughter of a Chinese warlord. She is the author of An American Dream: The Life of an African American Soldier and POW Who Spent Twelve Years in Communist China

Dr. Clark Blatteis:  Holocaust survivor who was a passenger on the St. Louis, a ship that rescued refugees from Nazi Germany in 1939. He is the author of Refuge Denied: The St. Louis Passengers and the Holocaust, which was adapted into the film, Voyage of the Damned.

Morris M. Gbee:  is a former Liberian War child soldier and Iraq War veteran. He is the author of War Face: Based on Real Life Experiences During the Liberian Civil War

Jonathan Judaken will serve as discussion moderator. Judaken is the Spence L. Wilson Chair in Humanities at Rhodes College and host of "Counterpoint," a radio program on WKNO-FM. 

Don't forget to mark your calendars for November 4, 2014. 

The author reading by Dinaw Mengestu begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by a panel discussion of immigration stories scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. Call (901) 415-2709 for more information. 

For information about the 8:00 p.m. talk with Dinaw Mengestu at CBU University Theater call (901) 321-3270. CBU University Theater is located on the Christian Brothers University campus, 650 E. Parkway South, 38104.

This event is offered in partnership with Christian Brothers University as a part of the Memphis Reads initiative, a city-wide effort to promote literacy in Greater Memphis.

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