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California Book Club: Rabih Alameddine
"The Wrong End of the Telescope" author Rabih Alameddine sits down for a conversation with CBC host John Freeman. Freeman will lead a free hour-long conversation with Alameddine, which will include a reading by him and questions from the audience. Produced by Alta Journal for streaming on Zoom. Joining them will be special guests Susan Sarandon, who is an Academy Award-winning actress and political activist, and Rebecca Makkai, author of “The Great Believers,” a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award.

Alameddine’s sixth novel is an expanding universe of a book, narrated by a trans Lebanese doctor named Mina, who has come to the Greek island of Lesbos—itself a sort of symbol—as a volunteer to assist Syrian refugees. In that sense, the novel has roots in autobiography: Alameddine has visited Lesbos to do such work. But don’t mistake this for a roman à clef, for Alameddine has more encompassing ambitions: to address the question of displacement (or “dislocation,” as he prefers to phrase it) on both political and personal terms. In a world where we are all displaced, not least from one another, how do we find a way to come together? How do we find a way to get along?

Aug 18, 2022 05:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Rabih Alameddine
Author, “The Wrong End of the Telescope”
Alameddine is the author of the novels “The Wrong End of the Telescope,” “The Angel of History,” “An Unnecessary Woman,” “I, the Divine; Koolaids,” and “The Hakawati.” He won the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature in 2019, a Lannan Literary Award for Fiction in 2021, and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction in 2022.
Susan Sarandon
Special guest
Sarandon is an Academy Award-winning actress and political activist.
Rebecca Makkai
Special guest
Makkai is the author of “The Great Believers,” a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, among other books.
John Freeman
Host
John Freeman was the editor of “Granta” until 2013. His books include “How to Read a Novelist,” “Tales of Two Cities,” and “Tales of Two Americas.” “Maps,” his debut collection of poems, was released 2017. He is an executive editor at Knopf and teaches at the New School and New York University. His work has appeared in the New Yorker and the Paris Review and has been translated into 20 languages.