LATTICE Book Club 2019/2020
JANUARY – APRIL 2020
Please note changes from the previous schedule!
Internment by Samira Ahmed
“"Forced into an internment camp for Muslim-American citizens in a near-future United States, 17-year-old Layla Amin helps forge an alliance of new friends and outside sympathizers before becoming the leader of a revolution against the camp's corrupt guards."
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
7-9 pm with a lecture by Dr. Salah Hassan and doctoral candidate Leila Tarakji (MSU Department of English)
East Lansing Public Library, Main Meeting Room
Part of the Muslim Journeys Book Club
Yes, I'm Hot in This: The Hilarious Truth about Life in a Hijab by Huda Fahmy
“In Yes, I'm Hot in This, Huda navigates the sometimes-rocky waters of life from the unique perspective of an American-Muslim woman, breaking down misconceptions of her culture one comic at a time. From recounting the many questions she gets about her hijab every day (yes, she does have hair) and explaining how she runs in an abaya (just fine, thank you) to dealing with misconceptions about Muslims, Yes, I'm Hot in This tackles universal feelings from an point of view we don't hear from nearly enough.”
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
7-9 pm with lecture by Dr. Mohammad H. Khalil (MSU Department of Religious Studies)
Green Room (4th Floor), MSU Main Library
Part of the Muslim Journeys Book Club and the MSU Comics Forum
What Elephants Know by Eric Dinerstein
Abandoned in the jungle of the Nepalese Borderlands, two-year-old Nandu is found living under the protective watch of a pack of wild dogs. From his mysterious beginnings, fate delivers him to the King's elephant stable, where he is raised by unlikely parents-the wise head of the stable, Subba-sahib, and Devi Kali, a fierce and affectionate female elephant.
When the king's government threatens to close the stable, Nandu, now twelve, searches for a way to save his family and community. A risky plan could be the answer. But to succeed, they'll need a great tusker. The future is in Nandu's hands as he sets out to find a bull elephant and bring him back to the Borderlands.”
March 2019 exact date, time and location TBA
Discussion with guest Sarah VerHey, a nature conservationist working primarily in Thailand where she educates students on the differences between captive and wild elephant populations and the challenges they face.
The Tiny Journalist by Naomi Shihab Nye.
“Internationally beloved poet Naomi Shihab Nye places her Palestinian American identity center stage in her latest full-length poetry collection for adults. The collection is inspired by the story of Janna Jihad Ayyad, the "Youngest Journalist in Palestine," who at age 7 began capturing videos of anti-occupation protests using her mother's smartphone. Nye draws upon her own family's roots in a West Bank village near Janna's hometown to offer empathy and insight to the young girl's reporting. Long an advocate for peaceful communication across all boundaries, Nye’s poems in The Tiny Journalist put a human face on war and the violence that divides us from each other.”
April 2019 exact date, time and location TBA
Amy Kilbridge will join us in a discussion about this new book by Naomi Shihab Nye.
Descriptions of books taken from the publishers.
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