Discussion - A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story

Registration is required. Qais Akabar Omar, a young Afghan writer, born in 1982 writes a riveting memoir of his family’s experiences in Afghanistan. Kabul was a garden where 7-year-old Qais flew kites from the roof of his grandfather’s house. Then came the hollow sounds of rocket fire as the Mujahedin took over Afghanistan, and the country erupted in civil war. Omar’s family fled, first taking shelter in an old fort. They end up moving from place to place all over Afghanistan. Their experiences, while incredibly challenging, allow the reader to have a look at the beautiful and amazing culture of the Afghan people, including the nomadic life that some of Qmar’s relatives love. This is a stunning coming-of-age memoir. Omar offers a moving recollection of these events – a story of daily hardships relived by moments of great joy and immense beauty. The Afghani culture told through the folktales and poetic voice of Omar will be the primary focus of this free, four week course, presented by Barbara Parr, an instructor with Case Western Reserve University’s Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program.

Please Register in advance at www.lifelonglearningcleveland.org, or by calling the Library at (216) 226-8275, ext 127.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 7:00pmWednesday, February 8, 2017 - 7:00pmWednesday, February 15, 2017 - 7:00pmWednesday, February 22, 2017 - 7:00pm
Main Library Multipurpose Room