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In Conversation with Hisham Matar

  • Middle East Institute 1319 18th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20036 United States (map)

The Middle East Institute's Arts and Culture program is hosting an evening book talk and reception featuring Libyan-American writer Hisham Matar, 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner for his memoir The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between.  
The book, which also won the 2017 Pen/Jean Stein Book Award, traces Matar's journey back to his native Libya in 2012 after a 30-year exile. Searching for answers about the fate of his missing father, a leading Libyan dissident kidnapped in 1990 by the Qadafi regime, Matar weaves a moving portrait of a country and its people grappling with a tortured past and an uncertain future. 
The conversation will feature Matar's investigation into his father's disappearance, his reckoning with his family's past, and his reflections about his native homeland. Matar will be joined in conversation with award-winning author Aminatta Forna, whose own memoir, The Devil that Danced on the Water, explores her father's dissident past in Sierra Leone. 

Event Details

  • Date: October 3, 2017

  • When: 6:00 - 8:00 PM

  • Where: The Middle East Institute