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“The Art of Leaving” with Canadian Author Ayelet Tsabari: Language, Longing, and Belonging
WhenThursday, Feb 28, 2019, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Campus locationSamuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center (ECC1)
Event typesLectures/Seminars, Special Events
Event sponsorsStroum Center for Jewish Studies
Sephardic Studies Program
Canadian Studies Center
Simpson Center for the Humanities
Department of Comparative Literature
Department of English
Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies
Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilization
Middle East Center

Canadian author Ayelet Tsabari will discuss her new memoir, “The Art of Leaving,” with Sasha Senderovich (Slavic & Jewish Studies) in this evening of conversation and selected readings from the book.

“The Art of Leaving” traces Tsabari’s journey from her childhood home on the outskirts of Tel Aviv to Vancouver and Toronto — and from her native Hebrew to her adopted English — alongside the story of her grandparents’ migration from Yemen to the land of Israel in the 1930s.

An astute observer of lives of Mizrahi Jews (Jews of Arab lands) in Israel and beyond in her award-winning short story collection “The Best Place on Earth” (2016), in “The Art of Leaving” Tsabari delivers a powerful coming-of-age story that reflects on identity and belonging and explores themes of family and home — both inherited and chosen.

Cosponsored by Sephardic Studies, Canadian Studies, Simpson Center for the Humanities, English, Comparative Literature, Near East Languages & Cultures, Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies, and the Middle East Center.…
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