Fiction: Roads Less Travelled: Omar El Akkad, Emily Robbins and Catherine Lacey in conversation with Rachel DeWoskin

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It is often said that fiction leads readers to remote and often scary places, and that’s certainly true for this trio of novels.  Omar El Akkad has reported from Afghanistan, Guantànamo Bay, Egypt and more. In “American War,” El Akkad has imagined a second American Civil War set in the future. The action in Robbins’ novel “A World for Love,” takes place in Syria, where she studied on a Fulbright Fellowship after college.  Catherine Lacey, winner of a Whiting Award, was named one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists. In her sophomore novel, “The Answers,” Lacey has imagined a fractured set of people. Leading the conversation will be Rachel DeWoskin, author of the novels “Blind,” “Big Girl Small,” and “Repeat After Me.” Her memoir “Foreign Babes in Beijing,” is being developed as a series for BBC America. She teaches at University of Chicago.

Saturday, June 10, 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Jones College Prep/4th Floor/4030

Emily Robbins

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Emily Robbins

Emily Robbins’ debut A WORD FOR LOVE was inspired by her Fulbright Fellowship in Syria where she studied religion and language with a women's mosque movement and lived with a leading intellectual family. She holds a B.A. from Swarthmore College and an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis.

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Omar El Akkad

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Omar El Akkad

Omar El Akkad is an award-winning journalist and author. He reported from the war in Afghanistan, the military trials at Guantànamo Bay, the Arab Spring revolution in Egypt and more. He is a recipient of Canada's National Newspaper Award and the Goff Penny Memorial Prize for Young Canadian Journalists.

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Catherine Lacey

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Catherine Lacey

Catherine Lacey is the author of The Answers and Nobody Is Ever Missing, winner of a 2016 Whiting Award. In April 2017, she was named one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists. Born in Mississippi, she is now based in Chicago.

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Rachel DeWoskin

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Rachel DeWoskin (Moderator)

Rachel DeWoskin is the author of the novels Blind; Big Girl Small; and Repeat After Me. Her memoir Foreign Babes in Beijing is being developed as a tv series at BBC America. She has published work in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and Ploughshares. She teaches at University of Chicago.

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