08.06.2003

PATRICIA SARRAFIAN WARD @ ALWAN

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Date/Time: 06/08/2003 12:00 am


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Blending her experience of the civil war, her Armenian legacy and Lebanese
identity, and the immigrant’s struggle in America, author Patricia
Sarrafian Ward has created “a big, heartfelt, moving work, a loving
exploration of loss and discovery” (Diana Abu-Jaber).
Patricia Sarrafian Ward was born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1969. She spent her
childhood in the shadow of the American University of Beirut, where her
father was Professor of Egyptology. She moved to the U.S. in 1987. Her
writing has appeared in Ms. Magazine, Ararat, Jusoor Post-Gibran Anthology
of Arab-American Writers, The Literary Review, Hanging Loose, Web Del Sol,
and Epoch. The Bullet Collection is her first novel.
Ward holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.F.A. from the
University of Michigan, where she received Colby and Cowden Fellowships,
Hopwood Awards in Novel and Short Fiction, and the Andrea Beauchamp Award.
She was the 2002 winner of the RAWI writing contest (Radius of
Arab-American Writers), and has received a Henfield Award, a Bread Loaf
Scholarship, and Fellowships at Vermont Studio Center and Virginia Center
for the Creative Arts. She currently lives on Sandy Hook Bay in New
Jersey.
“Shows stunningly, profoundly, the depth of the tragedy of Lebanon and
offers, so slightly, the hope of salvation.” The Daily Star, Beirut
“A vivid proof of the impact of a war which robbed children of their
identities … written in poetic if not hypnotic prose.” Hanan al-Shaykh
Haunted by events her family is reluctant to discuss, Marianna recounts
the fragmented story of her and her older sister growing up in wartime
Beirut. Marianna watches Alaine collect the detritus of war – bullets,
grenades, shrapnel, a gas mask. These objects, some taken from corpses,
line Alaine’s bedroom shelves, a catalog of her retreat into a profound
depression. For all of her family’s effort to endure the daily violence
without, the war enters within, transforming their home into a place of
danger and secrets. But once the family moves to America, Marianna finds
herself dwelling in past and present at once, telling the stories that no
one else seems to remember, and in this way seeks to join the threads of
her two lives.
In lyrical, dreamlike prose, Patricia Sarrafian Ward mines both the
stunning landscape of Beirut and the pure, defiant landscape of a child’s
heart, and shows how war leaves its indelible scars.
Books will be available for purchase.
This event is free and open to the public
For additional information:
J. Robbins 651-641-0077
Anny Bakalian
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Alwan: 16 Beaver Street, 4th floor New York, NY 10004
(646)473-0991 nyc@alwan.org http://alwan.org
“>ALWAN for the Arts presents
Wednesday August 6, 2003
PATRICIA SARRAFIAN WARD
to discuss her new novel
THE BULLET COLLECTION
(Graywolfpress, April 2003)
at
ALWAN for the ARTS
Wednesday August 6, 2003
Reception at 5:30pm
Author’s presentation, reading, and Q&A at 6:45pm
wine & homemade Middle Eastern food will be served
Books will be available for purchase.
This event is free and open to the public
16 Beaver 4th floor
in the Financial District btwn Broadway & Broad
Subway: 4,5 Bowling Green N,R Whitehall
2,3 Wall Street J,M Broad Street 1,9 South Ferry
see also:
http://www.16beavergroup.org/about/#directions
Blending her experience of the civil war, her Armenian legacy and Lebanese
identity, and the immigrant’s struggle in America, author Patricia
Sarrafian Ward has created “a big, heartfelt, moving work, a loving
exploration of loss and discovery” (Diana Abu-Jaber).
Patricia Sarrafian Ward was born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1969. She spent her
childhood in the shadow of the American University of Beirut, where her
father was Professor of Egyptology. She moved to the U.S. in 1987. Her
writing has appeared in Ms. Magazine, Ararat, Jusoor Post-Gibran Anthology
of Arab-American Writers, The Literary Review, Hanging Loose, Web Del Sol,
and Epoch. The Bullet Collection is her first novel.
Ward holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.F.A. from the
University of Michigan, where she received Colby and Cowden Fellowships,
Hopwood Awards in Novel and Short Fiction, and the Andrea Beauchamp Award.
She was the 2002 winner of the RAWI writing contest (Radius of
Arab-American Writers), and has received a Henfield Award, a Bread Loaf
Scholarship, and Fellowships at Vermont Studio Center and Virginia Center
for the Creative Arts. She currently lives on Sandy Hook Bay in New
Jersey.
“Shows stunningly, profoundly, the depth of the tragedy of Lebanon and
offers, so slightly, the hope of salvation.” The Daily Star, Beirut
“A vivid proof of the impact of a war which robbed children of their
identities … written in poetic if not hypnotic prose.” Hanan al-Shaykh
Haunted by events her family is reluctant to discuss, Marianna recounts
the fragmented story of her and her older sister growing up in wartime
Beirut. Marianna watches Alaine collect the detritus of war – bullets,
grenades, shrapnel, a gas mask. These objects, some taken from corpses,
line Alaine’s bedroom shelves, a catalog of her retreat into a profound
depression. For all of her family’s effort to endure the daily violence
without, the war enters within, transforming their home into a place of
danger and secrets. But once the family moves to America, Marianna finds
herself dwelling in past and present at once, telling the stories that no
one else seems to remember, and in this way seeks to join the threads of
her two lives.
In lyrical, dreamlike prose, Patricia Sarrafian Ward mines both the
stunning landscape of Beirut and the pure, defiant landscape of a child’s
heart, and shows how war leaves its indelible scars.
Books will be available for purchase.
This event is free and open to the public
For additional information:
J. Robbins 651-641-0077
Anny Bakalian
==================
Alwan: 16 Beaver Street, 4th floor New York, NY 10004
(646)473-0991 nyc@alwan.org http://alwan.org

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