Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Muslim Journeys Book Discussion Group


Muslim Journeys Book Discussion Group

This fall, Paula Adams, Associate Professor of Library Science, will host a book discussion group in conjunction with the cultural event program, Muslim Journeys, hosted by Assistant Professor of Library Science, LuMarie Guth. Muslim Journeys is a grant awarded by the NEH & ALA to help public audiences in the United States to become more familiar with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims around the world and within the U.S. The grant includes the award of 25 books with 3 DVDs. One of the titles, House of Stone by Pulitzer Prize winning author, Anthony Shadid, will be the feature reading.

To join, please contact Paula Adams, CSU Main Library, Reference Suite 1st floor(706.507.8685 or adams_paula@columbusstate.edu) no later than Friday, September 13th to pick up a copy of the book. 15 copies will be given away with 7 copies available in the library for check out.

Muslim Journeys Book Discussion Group

Group meetings will take place at the CSU Libraries on main campus in the Reference Suite. Dates and times are listed below:

        September 25th @ 5:30pm
  October 9th @ 5:30pm
    October 23rd @ 5:30pm
      November 6th @ 5:30pm
        November 20th @ 5:30pm

 House of Stone : A Memoir of Home, Family and a Lost Middle East  by Anthony Shadid

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2012) 

“In the summer of 2006, racing through Lebanon to report on the Israeli invasion, Anthony Shadid found himself in his family’s ancestral hometown of Marjayoun. There, he discovered his great-grandfather’s once magnificent estate in near ruins, devastated by war. One year later, Shadid returned to Marjayoun, not to chronicle the violence, but to rebuild in its wake.

So begins the story of a battle-scarred home and a journalist’s wounded spirit, and of how reconstructing the one came to fortify the other. In this bittersweet and resonant memoir, Shadid creates a mosaic of past and present, tracing the house’s renewal alongside the history of his family’s flight from Lebanon and resettlement in America around the turn of the twentieth century. In the process, he memorializes a lost world and provides profound insights into a shifting Middle East.

 Pulitzer-Prize winner Anthony Shadid died on February 16, 2012, from an acute asthma attack while running behind camels, to which he was allergic, while attempting to leave Syria.

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