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New Perspectives on
the Middle East:
3:00 PM Arab Labor
with Sayed Kashua
4:30 PM Cairo with Ahdaf Soueif

Hosted by The Ottawa Citizen's Kate Heartfield
"In Cairo: My City, Our Revolution, the story of Egypt’s uprising is intertwined with biographical detail and wrapped in an overwhelming passion for Cairo.
— Financial Times
Ahdaf Soueif
Sayed Kashua - Photo courtesy of Dan Porges

Join us for an afternoon of events featuring two of the Middle East’s most acclaimed writers whose works offer unique perspectives on the people, culture and politics of the Middle East. 


3:00 PM: Arab Labor with Sayed Kashua    

  Sayed Kashua , an Arab citizen of Israel, is the creator and writer of the hit television comedy Arab Labor. The New York Times notes that "Kashua has managed to barge through cultural barriers and bring an Arab point of view into the mainstream of Israeli entertainment." He also writes a satirical column for the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz, and is the award-winning author of Dancing Arabs, Let It Be Morning and Second Person Singular. This event includes a special screening of Arab Labor's first show from the second season.

Sayed Kashua's appearance made possible by support from the Embassy of Israel and the Vered Israel Cultural and Educational Program. 


4:30 PM: Cairo with Ahdaf Soueif   

Ahdaf Soueif is the author of the bestselling The Map of Love which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1999. She is also a political and cultural commentator who writes regularly for the Guardian in the UK and al-Shorouk in Egypt, and is the founder of the Palestine Festival of Literature, PalFest. When the Egyptian Revolution of 2011 erupted on January 25th she, along with thousands of others, called Tahrir Square home for eighteen days. Her latest book Cairo: My City, Our Revolution navigates a personal history of Cairo and her journey through the Revolution that is redrawing its future.


Special thanks to the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival for coordinating Ahdaf Soueif's appearance.


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