Book Reading/Signing: Nothing to Lose But Your Life: My 18 Hour Journey with Murad by Suad Amiry

Tue, March 29, 2011 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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She stands in front of the mirror, trying to hide her womanly curves and fully aware that she is about to expose herself to danger. A tomboy at heart, driven by adventure and a desire to understand what her less privileged compatriots go through, architect and university professor Suad Amiry has decided to disguise herself as a man and cross the Israeli border illegally to seek work in the Israeli town of Petah Tikva. The 18-hour journey that she braves with Murad and his brother Mohammed starts with a bumpy late night ride in a bus crammed with other illegal workers - all men -whose endless stories are both horrifying and amusing. And in his pocket, Murad carries a photograph of his object of desire who lives in Tel Aviv but who seems to have her eye on his friend.

Suad Amiry is an architect and a writer. She is the Founding Director of Riwaq: Centre of Architectural Conservation, Ramallah Palestine ( which endeavors to protect and develop architectural heritage in Palestine. Professor Amiry taught in the Department of Architecture both at Birziet University and the University of Jordan. She is presently the Vice President of the Board of Trustees of Birziet University. Amiry is the author of "Sharon and My mother-in-Law" (Random House), which has been translated into 17 languages and won the prestigious Italian literary Prize "Viareggio" in 2004. She is the author of several architectural books. Additionally, she was a member of the Palestinian Delegation to the Washington Peace Talks between Palestine and Israel 1991-1993.


Alwan's Literary Programming is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Last updated: 2011-11-30 03:06:02

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