I’d like to invite you all to join me at a reading by Diana Abu-Jaber, 7 pm on November 10, 2010, on the UO campus. I was introduced to her work through Crescent last summer, a novel set in a Lebanese restaurant, and I’ve been thoroughly enjoying The Language of Baklava, a memoir, and her latest novel, a detective story called Origin. The reading will be from one of these books, I believe, and perhaps some of her new work, Birds of Paradise.
The Knight library recently acquired Professor Abu-Jaber’s papers on her food and novel writing, and she has longstanding UO ties, having taught in the English Department for many years. The Clark Honors College is a co-sponsor for this public talk, along with the Oregon Humanities Center. I’ll have the pleasure of introducing the reading.