FREE TALK: Patrick Kingsley and Manal Kahi

Thursday January 12: 7:00PM 8:00PM

Thousands of people have been fleeing their war-torn countries, searching for safety, for a place to protect their families, for a home. They will search for escape by any means necessary, often risking their own lives to find it. Few people outside of the mass of refugees can truly understand their flight, their fear, their disregard of danger; however, Patrick Kingsley, the Guardian’s first-ever migration correspondent, chose to try and understand those fleeing. Patrick followed several groups of people running from the destruction of their homelands as they ventured across unsafe waters and weather conditions, joining them in their struggle to better understand their world. He has written their stories, capturing their tragedy in the written word, and is here to share them with us.

Joining Patrick in conversation is Manal Kahi, founder of Eat Offbeat – a catering company that delivers authentic ethnic meals that are conceived, prepared and delivered by refugees resettled in NYC.

Ben Taub, contributing writer for the New Yorker, will moderate the discussion. 

Copies of The New Odyssey will be available for purchase at the event. The event will be located in the Rare Book Room on the Strand's 3rd floor at our store at 828 Broadway at 12th Street.

Praise for THE NEW ODYSSEY :

  • “Combining deep research, globe-spanning journalism, and a poetic ethos the subject cries out for, Patrick Kingsley has written the essential work on the refugee crisis in Europe.”—Molly Crabapple, author of Drawing Blood
  • “Kingsley intimately covers the issues, struggles, and stories of migrant refugees. . . . [The New Odyssey] is deeply engaging, eye-opening, and insightful to the ongoing challenges that refugees face in navigating through these multilayers political and social systems.” —Raymond Pun, Booklist
  • “Bravely following the refugee crisis from the Middle East to the European Union as it gains volume and urgency. . . . Kingsley takes both a personal and altruistic approach to the massive migration of peoples fleeing Syria and other global hot spots. . . . A powerful firsthand account of a crisis that will continue to receive even more attention in the years to come.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
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