With an introduction by Shumon Basar, followed by Hisham Matar in conversation with Maya Jaggi
Free, no booking required
Leading writers, scholars and artists in dialogue with the Bidoun editorial collective in a series of Saturday seminars.
This week, author Hisham Matar will be reading from his second novel, Anatomy of a Disappearance. This will be followed by an in-conversation with cultural journalist and critic Maya Jaggi. The event will be introduced by writer, editor and curator Shumon Basar
Hisham Matar (born 1970) is a Libyan author. Born in New York City in 1970 to Libyan parents, Matar spent his childhood first in Tripoli and then in Cairo. He has lived in the UK since 1986. His debut novel In the Country of Men was shortlisted for the 2006 Man Booker Prize and won the 2007 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize. Matar’s essays have appeared in Asharq Alawsat, The Independent, The Guardian, The Times and The New York Times.
Maya Jaggi is an award-winning cultural journalist and critic who writes for the Guardian Review and the Economist and contributes to BBC radio. She is an influential voice on international literature in the British media, and her writing has appeared widely in other publications including the Independent, Financial Times, Sunday Times Culture, Daily Telegraph, TLS and BookForum (New York), and in books such as Lives and Works, Writing Across Worlds and Women of the Revolution. More: http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/mayajaggi
Shumon Basar is writing a novel entitled 'World!World!World!' set in the Dubai, and is working on a film with Jane & Louise Wilson and Eyal Weizman based around the assassination - also in Dubai - of the Hamas operative Mahmud al Mabhouh. Shumon is co-curator, with Charles Arsène-Henry, of the audio-text exhibition Translated By, at the AA School, where he is also Director of the Cultural Programme. With Charles, and Karen Marta, he co-edited the recent Hans Ulrich Obrist Interviews Volume 2 book, and is editor-at-large at Tank magazine as well as contributing editor at Bidoun magazine.
About the Bidoun Library:
Founded in 2009, The Bidoun Library is a peripatetic resource of books, periodicals and ephemera developed by Bidoun Projects, a not-for-profit publishing, curatorial and educational initiative dedicated to supporting contemporary artists in and around the Middle East. This summer, The Bidoun Library will travel to the Serpentine Gallery to launch a special issue of Bidoun magazine produced during the revolution in Egypt. Bidoun will also be continuing their investigation into the diverse history of printed matter related to the Middle East, as well as exploring the swiftly changing state of UK libraries, focusing on London.
© Hisham Matar