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Book Talk: War, Refugees and U.S. Policy in Life & Literature

Book Talk: War, Refugees and U.S. Policy in Life & Literature

Date(s) - 12/05/2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Surrogate’s Court | New York County


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The New York City Department Of Records And Information Services/Municipal Archives


About this Event:

Join novelist and journalist Tim Murphy as he reads from, discusses and signs copies of his acclaimed 2019 novel “Correspondents” (Grove Atlantic), in which the fates of two families—one Irish/Arab-American, one Iraqi—intertwine during and after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Kite Runner author Khaled Hosseini has said that the novel, which Amazon put on its 100 Best Novels of 2019 list, “artfully connects multiple narratives to produce a sprawling tale of love, family, duty, war, and displacement.”

Murphy will then be in conversation with his adviser on the novel, Yasir Dhanoon, a tech and fashion entrepreneur and Iraqi refugee and board member of The Syria Fund, which supports Iraqi and Syrian refugees in Jordan, as well as with Dhannoon’s friend. Lexi Shereshewsky, executive director of the Syria Fund and former Syria resident. Much of the novel takes place in Baghdad, Beirut (where Murphy, who is half-Lebanese, has spent much time) and Damascus, so this is a timely moment for the reading as both Iraq and Lebanon are in the midst of their own popular uprisings against political sectarianism, corruption and nepotism. The novel also addresses immigration and America’s role in the refugee crisis—charged issues in the Trump era.

About the Panelists:

Tim Murphy is the author of “Correspondents” and the novel “Christodora” (Grove, 2016) about the AIDS epidemic’s effect on one New York City family over the course of 40 years. He has reported on HIV/AIDS for twenty years, for such publications as New York Times, POZ Magazine, Out, Advocate, and The Nation. He lives in Ridgewood, Queens. Find him on Twitter at @timmurphynyc and Instagram @timmurphynycwriter.

Lexi Shereshewsky is the Founder and Executive Director of The Syria Fund, a non-profit organization providing education programs and hands-on humanitarian efforts for Syrian refugees. Find her @thesyriafund and @shereshewsky on Instagram

Yasir Dhannoon is the cofounder of the streetwear fashion line St. Mark’s Couture (@stmarksnewyork on Instagram or Born and raised in Baghdad, he left amid the war there in 2005 and has since lived in Damascus and the Gulf region. He is a board member at The Syria Fund. @yasirgram83

  • For more information about the Syria Fund please visit the following link The Syria Fund
  • The venue is wheelchair accessible.
  • Books will be available for sale. (only cash)
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