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Love Is an Ex-Country: Randa Jarrar in conversation with Megha Majumdar

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Charis welcomes Randa Jarrar in conversation with Megha Majumdar for a celebration of Jarrar's highly anticipated, Love Is and Ex-Country. This event is co-sponsored by The Lola. The Lola's mission is to bring together womxn as allies and accomplices to tell our stories, raise our voices, and dismantle a system that doesn't serve us. Click here to learn more. 

Queer. Muslim. Arab American. A proudly Fat woman. Randa Jarrar is all of these things. In this "viscerally elegant" and "intimately edgy" memoir of a cross-country road trip, she explores how to claim joy in an unraveling and hostile America (Kirkus Reviews).

Randa Jarrar is a fearless voice of dissent who has been called "politically incorrect" (Michelle Goldberg, The New York Times). As an American raised for a time in Egypt, and finding herself captivated by the story of a celebrated Egyptian belly dancer's journey across the United States in the 1940s, she sets off from her home in California to her parents' in Connecticut.

Coloring this road trip are journeys abroad and recollections of a life lived with daring. Reclaiming her autonomy after a life of survival--domestic assault as a child, and later, as a wife; threats and doxxing after her viral tweet about Barbara Bush--Jarrar offers a bold look at domestic violence, single motherhood, and sexuality through the lens of the punished-yet-triumphant body. On the way, she schools a rest-stop racist, destroys Confederate flags in the desert, and visits the Chicago neighborhood where her immigrant parents first lived.

This event is free and open to all people, especially to those who have no income or low income right now, but we encourage and appreciate a solidarity donation in support of the work of Charis Circle, our programming non-profit. Charis Circle's mission is to foster sustainable feminist communities, work for social justice, and encourage the expression of diverse and marginalized voices. https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/CharisCircle?code=chariscirclepage

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RANDA JARRAR is the author of the novel A Map of Home and the collection of stories Him, Me, Muhammad Ali. Her work has appeared in The New York Times MagazineSalonBitchBuzzFeed, and elsewhere. She is a recipient of a Creative Capital Award and an American Book Award, as well as awards and fellowships from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, Hedgebrook, PEN, and others. A professor of creative writing and a performer, Jarrar lives in Los Angeles.

MEGHA MAJUMDAR is a senior editor at Catapult, and the author of the National Book Award longlisted and New York Times Notable novel A Burning. She lives in New York City.

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Love Is an Ex-Country Cover Image
$23.40
ISBN: 9781948226585
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Published: Catapult - February 2nd, 2021

Queer. Muslim. Arab American. A proudly Fat woman. Randa Jarrar is all of these things. In this "exuberant, defiant and introspective" memoir of a cross-country road trip, she explores how to claim joy in an unraveling and hostile America (The New York Times Book Review).
 


Him, Me, Muhammad Ali Cover Image
$14.36
ISBN: 9781941411315
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Published: Sarabande Books - October 11th, 2016

Award-winning novelist Randa Jarrar's new story collection moves seamlessly between realism and fable, history and the present, capturing the lives of Muslim women and men across myriad geographies and circumstances.


A Burning: A novel Cover Image
$23.36
ISBN: 9780525658696
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Published: Knopf - June 2nd, 2020

A TODAY SHOW #ReadWithJenna BOOK CLUB PICK!
A New York Times Notable Book


Event Summary: 
Charis welcomes Randa Jarrar in conversation with for a celebration of Jarrar's highly anticipated, Love Is and Ex-Country. This event is co-sponsored by The Lola