Wednesday, February 7, 2018
7:30 PM
Donald G. Drapkin Studio, Lewis Arts complex
FREE and open to the public

International award-winning writer, bestselling novelist and activist Alaa Al Aswany reads with acclaimed poet Linda Gregerson, recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, the Kingsley Tufts Award, and four Pushcart Prizes. The writers read on Wednesday, February 7, as part of the 2017-18 Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series presented by the Program in Creative Writing. Please note later start time of 7:30 p.m.

Aswany will be introduced by Jhumpa Lahiri, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, National Humanities Medal recipient, and member of the Creative Writing faculty at Princeton. Gregerson will be introduced by Monica Youn, award-winning poet, Princeton Class of 1993, a member of the Creative Writing faculty at Princeton, and chair of the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Committee on Race and the Arts.


alaa al aswany headshot

Photo by Nada Al Aswany

ALAA AL ASWANY is the author of The Yacoubian Building, which was long-listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 2006 and was the best-selling novel in the Arab world for more than five years; Chicago, named by Newsday as the best translated novel of 2006; The Automobile Club of Egypt; and the story collection Friendly Fire. He has received numerous awards internationally, including the Bashrahil Prize for the Arabic novel, the Kavafis Award from Greece, and the Premio Grinzane Cavour from Italy. He was recently named by the London Times as one of the best fifty authors to have been translated into English over the last fifty years.


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Photo courtesy the author/Blue Flower Arts

LINDA GREGERSON is the author of seven collections of poetry, including New and Selected Poems (2015); The Selvage (2012); The Woman Who Died in Her Sleep, which was a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Prize and The Poets Prize; Magnetic North, which was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award; and Waterborne, which won the 2003 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Gregerson’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, Granta, The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review, Best American Poetry, and many other journals and anthologies.

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