AUTHOR EVENT: Homeira Qaderi, author of Dancing in the Mosque
October 28 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Date & Time: Saturday, October 28, 2023 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT Location: USC Beaufort Center for the Arts | 805 Carteret St., Beaufort, SC 29902 Virtual: None Cost: $10 Registration: Eventbrite Click the “Get Tickets” button and choose desired event.
Writer and human rights advocate Homeira Qaderi, author of Dancing in the Mosque: An Afghan Mother’s Letter to Her Son, in conversation with author Valerie Sayers. Ticketed, $10. Book signing afterwards. (USC Beaufort Center for the Arts, 805 Carteret St., Beaufort)
About the authors:
Homeira Qaderi is an Afghan writer, activist, and educator, currently serving as a Robert G. James Scholar Fellow at Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Research at Harvard University. She has written seven books, including a collection of short stories and her acclaimed novel Noqra: The Daughter of Kabul River. Before leaving Afghanistan, Qaderi taught at Gharjistan University, in Kabul, and worked as a senior advisor to both the minister of education and, earlier, the minister of labor, social affairs, martyrs, and the disabled. A lifelong human rights activist, Qaderi was awarded the Malalai Medal—Afghanistan’s highest civilian honor—for exceptional bravery by the president of Afghanistan. She was a writer in residence at the University of Iowa in 2015. Her first book in English translation, Dancing in the Mosque: An Afghan Mother’s Letter to Her Son, was excerpted by the New York Times and chosen by Kirkus Reviews as one of the best nonfiction books of 2020.
Valerie Sayers is the author of a collection of stories, The Age of Infidelity, and six novels, including her most recent, The Powers. Who Do You Love and Brain Fever were both named New York Times “Notable Books of the Year, and a film, “Due East,” was based on her novels Due East and How I Got Him Back. Sayers’s stories, essays, and reviews have appeared widely, in such publications as the New York Times, Washington Post, Commonweal, Zoetrope, and Ploughshares, and have been cited in Best American Short Stories and Best American Essays. Her literary prizes include a National Endowment for the Arts literature fellowship and two Pushcart Prizes for fiction. She serves on the board of directors of the Pat Conroy Literary Center and is honored to be a member of the South Carolina Academy of Authors, the Palmetto State’s literary hall of fame.
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