A Day in the Life: Memoirs from the Middle East is a book club series which aims to dispel common stereotypes of the Middle East by exploring literature from the region. The rich narratives, stimulating detail and enchanting dialogue of the selected memoirs will draw readers in and provide new perspectives on the Middle East, beyond war and politics. Through interactive and participatory book club discussions, readers will engage with the text, with experts and authors, and each other to explore the diversity of daily life in the Middle East and consider both the similarities to and differences from our own lives in Oregon.
A Day in the Life is presented by Multnomah County Library and the Portland State University Department of English, Portland Center for Public Humanities and Middle East Studies Center; and was made possible in part by a grant from Oregon Humanities, a statewide nonprofit organization and an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds Oregon Humanities’ grant program. Any views, findings, and conclusions, or recommendations expressed in these programs do not necessarily reflect the views of Oregon Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Books for the next meeting are distributed to participants at the preceding discussion. Any extra books will be available in the Popular Library afterwards.