Come have dinner with us at Busboys and Poets, for a Cheuse Salon LOST COUNTRIES. Featured writers, Bachtyar Ali, Kareem Abdulrahman and Ranjit Hoskote will read from their new books. This is an evening of lost and found language, of culture. We will start with a reading from the works of these authors and then the three writers will talk about capturing the magic and scholarship of languages past and present. Hosted by: Andy Shallal and Leeya Mehta
Thursday, October 12, 2023 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM EDT
Johnson Center, 3rd Floor, Meeting Room D
Fall for the Book Presents: Chika Unigwe and Leila Aboulela take readers on difficult and heart-felt journeys spanning time and continents. Ungiwe and Aboulela will be in conversation with Helon Habila.
Location: GMU Fairfax Campus, Johnson Center, 3rd Floor, Meeting Room D
Saturday, October 14, 2023 1:00 PM EDT
Off-Campus Location, Upstairs, Old Town Hall- 3999 University Drive, Fairfax
How do historical fiction writers navigate the strange new territory of the past, and balance fact and invention? Narrative historian Scott W. Berg, author of The Burning of the World sits down with three writers to discover their research and writing secrets: Tania James, author of Loot, Mary Kay Zuravleff, author of American Ending, and Juan Goméz Bárcena, author of Not Even the Dead. Loot explores eighteenth-century India and Europe, American Ending visits and nineteenth-century Pennsylvanian Appalachia, and Not Even the Dead is a hallucinatory journey from 1500s colonial Mexico to Trump’s Border Wall. Bárcena is the Cheuse Center’s 2023 Visiting Writer from Spain.
Lisa Page will be in conversation with Juan Gómez Bárcena, the Cheuse Center's Annual Writer-in-Residence from Spain, in collaboration with Spain Culture and Arts. Randy Boyagoda says of "Not Only the Dead" in the New York Times : "We’ll never know what the late Cormac McCarthy might have thought of Juan Gómez Bárcena’s “Not Even the Dead,” but I wager that the novel would have appealed to him, and also to Roberto Bolaño and Joseph Conrad, if for no reason other than their egos."
Wednesday, November 8, 2023 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM EST
"In the Hour of War," is a reading by Ilya Kaminsky, Carolyn Forché, Lyudmyla Khersonska, and Boris Kershonsky, moderated by Katherine E. Young, sponsored by the Cheuse Center's individual donors and supporters. It is part of our series of programming dedicated to Ukraine. In collaboration with Mason Exhibitions and the Lannan Center at Georgetown .
The AbuSulayman Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University is hosting the Seventh Annual Graduate Student Book Review Colloquium on Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies virtually on December 7, 2023. This year, the event has a specific theme in partnership with the Black American Muslim Internationalism Project (BAMI), led by Dr. Aminah Al-Deen. This panel is exclusively for undergraduate applicants. Applications must be submitted by September 15, 2023, at 11:59pm EST.