CANCELED A Public Reading by Writer and Artist Fowzia Karimi

Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 4:00 p.m.
Venue: Eugene McDermott Library (MC)
Admission:
Season: 2019-2020


**All A&H campus events will be virtualized or postponed until further notice as a social distancing measure, to slow the spread of COVID-19**

Please join us in welcoming Fowzia Karimi on the cusp of her highly anticipated illustrated debut novel. Karimi will be reading from Above Us The Milky Way, about a young family forced to flee their war-ravaged homeland.

About the book:

Above Us the Milky Way is a story about war, immigration, and the remarkable human capacity to create beauty out of horror. As a young family attempts to reconstruct their lives in a new and peaceful country, they are daily drawn back to the first land through remembrance and longing, by news of the continued suffering and loss of loved ones, and by the war dead, who have immigrated and reside with them, haunting their days and illu- minating the small joys and wonders offered them by the new land.

The novel’s structure is built around the alphabet, twenty-six pieces written in the first person that sketch a through-line of memory for the lives of the five daughters, mother, and father. Ghost stories and fairytales are woven with old family photo- graphs and medieval-style watercolor illuminations to create an origin story of loss and remembrance.

Fowzia Karimi was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and immigrated with her family to Southern California after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College in Oakland, California, and has illustrated The Brick House by Micheline Aharonian Marcom (Awst Press) and Vagrants and Uncommon Visitors by A. Kendra Greene (Anomalous Press). She is a recipient of The Rona Jaffe Founda- tion Writers’ Award. She lives in Texas.


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