Dina Nayeri will give a reading from her acclaimed book, The Ungrateful Refugee: What Immigrants Never Tell You (Catapult, 2019), on October 20 at 7 p.m. (ET). Her presentation will be in webinar format followed by a moderated discussion and audience Q&A. At age eight, Nayeri and her mother and brother fled Iran and lived in an Italian hotel-turned–refugee camp. Ultimately, she was granted asylum in the United States and settled in Oklahoma. In The Ungrateful Refugee, Nayeri weaves together her own story with the stories of other refugees and asylum seekers to shed light on what it is to be a refugee, to grapple with your place in society, attempting to reconcile the life you have known with a new, unfamiliar home. All this while bearing the burden of gratitude in your host nation. Nayeri is also the author of the novels A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea and Refuge. Her stories and essays have been published by The New York Times, New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, Los Angeles Times, New Yorker, Granta New Voices, and Wall Street Journal. Nayeri’s appearance is presented by the Lowell Humanities Series and cosponsored by the Fiction Days Series and the English Department. Pre-registration is required.
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