The Meaning of Home: Stories of Family and Diaspora
4:45 pm - 5:30 pm
Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Three new books explore family histories across generations and geography: Albert Samaha’s memoir Concepcion centers on his mother’s decision to leave Manila for the United States, Hala Alyan’s novel The Arsonists’ City on an international Syrian/Lebanese family’s clash over the sale of their familial home, and Gabriela Garcia’s novel Of Women of Salt on three generations of Latina women in nineteenth-century Cuba and present-day Miami.

  • Moderator: Dalia Azim, author of forthcoming Country of Origin (A Strange Object, March 2022)
  • Format: This is a live, virtual event on CrowdCast (RSVP link above).
  • Chat: Feel free to use the chat box in CrowdCast to share your thoughts and virtually cheer for and share kudos with the session’s participants! Disorderly comments will be removed immediately. Please refer to the code of conduct.
  • Book(s): Click the book cover(s) below to purchase through BookPeople, Texas Book Festival’s partner bookseller. Your purchase helps support the author(s), independent bookselling, and the Texas Book Festival. Thank you.

Hala Alyan, Gabriela Garcia, Albert Samaha, The Arsonists’ City, Of Women and Salt, Concepcion: An Immigrant Family’s Fortunes


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