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Joumana Haddad’s “The Book of Queens” with Radical Books & TMR

June 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

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This online event takes place June 4, 2022 at 12 noon Eastern/17:00 UK/18:00 CET


The Markaz Review in part­ner­ship with the Rad­i­cal Books Col­lec­tive presents a live­ly online dis­cus­sion about Joumana Had­dad’s new nov­el The Book of Queens from Inter­link Books, with the author join­ing in the sec­ond half of the hour. Mod­er­at­ed by Bhak­ti Shringarpure.



Author Joumana Haddad

The Book of Queens is a fam­i­ly saga that spans four gen­er­a­tions of women caught up in the trag­ic whirl­wind of turf wars and suf­fer­ing in the Mid­dle East—from the Armen­ian geno­cide and the Israeli occu­pa­tion of Pales­tine to mod­ern-day civ­il wars and the strug­gles between Chris­tians and Mus­lims in Lebanon and Syria.

Four queens of a deck of cards dealt a bad hand by fate—Qayah, Qana, Qadar and Qamar—form the branch­es of the same fam­i­ly tree root­ed in the land of their ori­gins despite the force­ful winds that repeat­ed­ly try to car­ry them away. A line of red-haired women unit­ed by the ties of blood that runs through their veins—which vio­lence has spread through the ages—each with a deep sto­ry and all with one thing in com­mon: unwa­ver­ing pow­er and resilience in the face of adver­si­ties of being a woman in a war-torn region.

With the per­fect mas­tery of fine­ly chis­eled writ­ing, Joumana Had­dad man­ages to con­struct a nov­el of extra­or­di­nary inten­si­ty, with­out ever sink­ing into pathos or grandil­o­quence. She also chal­lenges the sys­tem­at­ic abuse of polit­i­cal and reli­gious pow­er and author­i­ty that con­tin­ues to cloud the lives of a cul­tur­al­ly diverse and pro­gres­sive youth until the present day.



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About the author
Joumana Had­dad is an award-win­ning Lebanese author, jour­nal­ist, and human rights activist. She was the cul­tur­al edi­tor of An-Nahar news­pa­per for many years and now hosts a TV show focus­ing on human rights issues in the Arab world. She has received the Blue Metrop­o­lis Arab Lit­er­ary Prize and the Arab Press Prize, among oth­er hon­ors, and was named one of the world’s 100 most pow­er­ful Arab women for four years in a row by Ara­bi­an Busi­ness mag­a­zine. Her works, which have been wide­ly trans­lat­ed and pub­lished around the world, include I Killed Scheherazade, Super­man is an Arab, and The Third Sex. The Book of Queens, her lat­est nov­el, has been trans­lat­ed into French, Ital­ian, and Arabic.

About the host
Bhak­ti Shringarpure is a writer, edi­tor and edu­ca­tor. She is the Cre­ative Direc­tor of the Rad­i­cal Books Collective.

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