Friday 29 April 2022, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
April’s book: Son of Sin by Omar Sakr
A Western Sydney Book Club invites you to the Arts & Cultural Exchange for its first club session!
A Western Sydney Book Club will explore books by contemporary authors, with an initial focus on Australian writing. There will be 6 sessions, kicking off with Son of Sin by Omar Sakr. These monthly conversations about books will be led by guest authors, for readers in and connected to Western Sydney.
Light refreshments are on offer.
Location: This event will take place in a safe and welcoming space at Arts & Cultural Exchange: 8 Victoria Rd Parramatta.
Registrations are essential. Visit Eventbrite below!
About the Book
Poet Omar Sakr’s debut novel is a fierce and fantastic force that illuminates the bonds that bind families together as well as what can break them. An estranged father. An abused and abusive mother. An army of relatives. A tapestry of violence, woven across generations and geographies, from Turkey to Lebanon to Western Sydney. In this extraordinary work, Omar Sakr deftly weaves a multifaceted tale brimming with angels and djinn, racist kangaroos, and adoring bats, examining with a poet’s eye the destructive impetus of repressed desire and the complexities that make us human.
About the facilitator
Sarah Ayoub will facilitate this conversation about Omar Sakr’s latest novel. Sarah is a journalist, bestselling author, and academic with a Ph.D. in migrant Australian YA literature. Her work has been published in The Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney Review of Books, Meanjin, and more. Sarah sits on the board of the Australian Society of Authors in 2021 and is currently working on her first novel for adults. Her debut picture book, The Love that Grew, is out on March 16, and her latest YA title, The Cult of Romance, is set in her motherland of Lebanon and will be released in May 2022.
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