AANM Big Read Kickoff and Other Events

March 1, 2009 is the date for The Big Read Kickoff Hafleh (Party) at the Arab American National Museum.  At the kickoff party, which begins at noon, the main floor of the AANM will be “transformed” into an Egyptian café.  Dr. Trevor Legassick of the University of Michigan, who translated the book from Arabic into English, will speak at 1:30 p.m. in the AANM Library & Resource Center. RSVP with Kristin at 313-624-0223.

According to their website, the Arab American National Museum is “offering hundreds of free copies of the 1961 novel The Thief and the Dogs by Egyptian Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz, thanks to a $10,000 NEA grant and a $10,150 grant from Detroit Area Library Network (DALNET).  Some 17 free related public events – book discussions, films, lectures, even backgammon lessons – will take place around metro Detroit. Venues include the AANM, public library branches, universities and bookstores. Some events will be conducted in both English and Arabic.”  Events will take place  at the Arab American National Museum, the Dearborn Public Library, Wayne State University, the University of Michigan-Dearborn, Barnes & Noble (Allen Park), and Sterling Heights Public Library.

The events at Wayne State University include:

Film Screening: 
Adrift on the Nile
Wednesday, March 4, 2009   
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Bernath Auditorium, UGL

Film Screening: 
Umm Kulthum:  A Voice Like Egypt
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Bernath Auditorium, UGL

Book Discussion: 
The Thief and the Dogs (al-Liss wa-al-Kilab) by Naguib Mahfouz
Thursday, March 26, 2009 
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
UGL Community Room

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