Book Launch: "Out of It" by Selma Dabbagh

Tue, October 23, 2012 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Co-presented by ArteEast

Doors open at 6:30pm

In her debut novel,Out of It (Bloomsbury USA, 2012), British Palestinian writer Selma Dabbagh examines her people's tragic past and conflicted present through the prism of one family's experiences. Depicting modern-day Palestine through the lives of the Mujahed siblings—twenty-seven year old twins Rashid and Iman, and older brother Sabri—Dabbagh creates a textured portrait of what it’s like to inherit a conflict.

The Arabic edition, translated by Samer Abouhawwach, is due out with Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Press in December 2012.

Tickets: $5 Suggested Donation / FREE for Students, Seniors, & Alwan Members

Books will be available for sale



Selma Dabbagh is a British Palestinian writer based in London. Her short stories have been included in a number of anthologies, including those published by Granta and International PEN. They have also been nominated for the International PEN David T.K. Wong Award and the Pushcart Prize. Out of It is her first novel.


“Important and Captivating” - Publishers Weekly

"With this debut, Pushcart Prize nominee Dabbagh reveals a gift for using language to portray deep emotions and to illustrate a story with brilliant imagery." - Library Journal

"Dabbagh creates characters we care about, puts their equally valid but conflicting agendas into play and engineers an ending that brings individual satisfactions and some closure without ever suggesting that the larger dilemmas have been resolved. Fine work from a gifted writer who has important subject matter to explore." - Kirkus Book Reviews

Last updated: 2012-10-02 13:44:36

Selma Dabbagh. Photo courtesy of Jonathan Ring
Selma Dabbagh. Photo courtesy of Jonathan Ring

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