Our Home and Adopted Land

Adam Gopnik, Sayed Kashua

Our Home and Adopted Land
Event Number: 68
Tickets: $20.00

Our Home and Adopted Land

Adam Gopnik, Sayed Kashua

Friday, October 20
8:30pm - 10:00pm
Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright St.

Adam Gopnik left Montreal at 24 for the wonders of New York, and he’s made a brilliant life there and in Paris as a New Yorker staff writer, and is well-known known for his quirky personal narratives. But the lure, especially these days, of returning to Canada has been on his mind. Sayed Kashua, given the Israeli Prime Minister’s Prize in 2005 for his often satirical writing, finally found it impossible for his family to live as Arabs in the Jewish state, and moved with his wife and two kids to… Illinois! In Native, he offers humorous and at times painful anecdotes about his own life as a Hebrew-speaking Palestinian in Jerusalem, and as a Muslim Arab in today’s American Midwest. This is a conversation you won’t want to miss!

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Adam Gopnik

United States

Adam Gopnik is a renowned writer and essayist. He has been writing for The New Yorker since 1986, where he has contributed numerous non-fiction, fiction, memoir and criticism pieces. Beyond this, he has written children’s books, edited anthologies, and engaged in many musical projects as a lyricist and libretto writer. He was selected by the CBC to deliver the fiftieth anniversary Massey Lectures and has lectured in almost every major American city. At the Strangers’ Gate is Gopnik’s vivid memoir of his move to New York in the 1980s.


Sayed Kashua

United States/Israel

Sayed Kashua is a journalist and author of four critically well-received novels. As a columnist for Haaretz, he writes anecdotal, tongue-in-cheek columns about problems faced by Arabs in Israel. He is also the creator of the popular sitcom, Arab Labor, and a teacher of Israel Studies in Illinois. His latest book, Native, is a collection of humorous essays exploring life as an Israeli-Palestinian and as a man delving into fatherhood, marriage, ambition, literature and prejudice.