Imagine you live in a country that hates you for who you are and which is collapsing around you. You are struggling to cope with your lover’s death while trying to keep alive the hope of life in a new country. What do you do?
If you are Hakawati, the narrator of Danny Ramadan’s award winning novel The Clothesline Swing, you embark on a one thousand and one night’s effort to distract your lover from death’s impending arrival with exotic tales from the past. Knitting together the sights, sounds, and people of Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, and Egypt, Danny has Hakawati weave a magical series of stories in his efforts to outwit or at least outlast Death, who lingers nearby listening.
You know you want to know more… well….
Ramadan will be taking a break from his MFA creative writing studies at UBC to be in Ottawa on November 22 when the Ottawa Public Library will have him deliver two author talks. Local students will read excerpts from the book and Danny will share his experiences as an author, as a gay man in Syria, and as a refugee making a new and successful life in Canada. He has some new books in the works and guests will be treated to a glimpse into those. The audience will have a chance to ask questions.
The events promise to be an insightful glimpse into a rich culture, a challenging life, and a captivating book! You won’t want to miss this.
Come out to join Danny Ramadan on November 22 at:
Ottawa Public Library (Main Branch)
Laurier and Metcalfe
Centretown Community Health Centre
420 Cooper Street
Both events are free of charge and both locations are accessible. Watch for more details on the Ottawa Public Library’s Facebook page and website or at Danny’s Facebook page and website.