Abdellah Taïa, a French writer, Moroccan-born, at the Writers Fest
Abdellah Taïa is a Moroccan-born writer who now lives in Paris, France. He will present his latest title, "Infidèles" in French at Alliance Française of Calgary on Oct. 18 and "Salvation Army", in English at Vancouver International Writers Fest on October 23. Abdellah Taïa’s appearance is made possible by the Consulate General of France in Vancouver.
Taïa’s latest work, An Arab Melancholia, is an autobiographical novel that traces the emergence of Taïa’s identity as an openly gay Arab manwho lived in a country (Morocco) whose theocratic law still treats homosexuality as a crime. He is presenting his latest title, ’Infidèles’, in French at Alliance Française of Calgary on Oct. 18 and "Salvation Army", in English at the Wordfest 2013 of Calgary first and then at Vancouver International Writers Festival .
When celebrated Moroccan author and expatriate Abdellah Taïa publicly declared his homosexuality in 2006, the editor of Morocco’s biggest-selling newspaper denounced him and bloggers called for him to be stoned. The problem, Taïa says, “is the way these people read my work".
When? Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 8:00pm
Where? Vancouver International Writers Fest - Studio 1398
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