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The Role of Fiction in Facing One’s Past

A conversation with best-selling novelists Alice Zeniter and Omar El Akkad

Moderated by Anderson Tepper

Presented on Thursday, April 15, 2021

In English

This discussion brings together two novelists who have used their work to explore ignored chapters in history, give voice to the disenfranchised, and challenge national myths.

In her bestselling book The Art of Losing, just released in an English translation by Frank Wynne, Alice Zeniter brings to light the inescapable legacies of French colonialism through the tale of a French-Algerian woman reckoning with her family’s secret past. Meanwhile Canadian-Egyptian writer Omar El Akkad delves into contemporary issues such as geopolitical tensions and climate change in his first novel American War.

Together, Zeniter and El Akkad will discuss their creative process and share their intentions behind their work: helping us discover another way to look at the world and our own history.

The conversation is moderated by Anderson Tepper, co-chair of the International Committee of the Brooklyn Book Festival and host of a global author series with BPL Presents at the Brooklyn Public Library.

45 minutes with Q&A

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  • Runtime
    45 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Cast
    Alice Zeniter, Omar El Akkad