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WestportREADS: Keynote Talk with Author Mohsin Hamid

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Join us for a video chat with the Mohsin Hamid, author of this year's selection, Exit West. This award-winning novel follows two refugees who, against all odds, find life and love on the run. The conversations sparked included the timely topics of change, compassion and migration, as well as the richness gained through shared cultures. The book was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award and named a top ten best book of 2017 by the New York Times.

Location: Saugatuck Elementary School,170 Riverside Avenue

WestportREADS 2019 is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman. 

Author photo credit: Jillian Edelstein

Awards & recognitions given to Mohsin Hamid:

2019: DSC Prize for South Asian Literature (shortlist): Exit West

2018: Aspen Words Literary Prize (winner): Exit West, British Science Fiction Association Award (shortlist): Exit West, Dayton Literary Peace Prize (shortlist): Exit West, Eastern Eye Arts Culture & Theatre Award (shortlist), Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, KLF Getz Pharma Fiction Prize (shortlist): Exit West, LA Times Book Prize (winner): Exit West, National Book Critics Circle Award (shortlist): Exit West, Pakistan Sitara-i-Imtiaz/Star of Excellence, Rathbones Folio Prize (shortlist): Exit West

2017:Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize (shortlist): Exit West, Kirkus Prize (shortlist): Exit West, Man Booker Prize (shortlist): Exit West, Medici Book Club Prize (shortlist): Exit West, Neustadt Prize (shortlist), New York Times Best Book of the Year: Exit West, St. Francis College Literary Prize (shortlist): Exit West

2014: Haus der Kulturen der Welt International Literature Award (shortlist): How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, KLF Embassy of France Prize (shortlist): How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, Tiziano Terzani International Literary Prize (winner): How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

2013: DSC Prize for South Asian Literature (shortlist): How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, Foreign Policy's 100 Leading Global Thinkers

2009: Guardian's Books of the Decade: The Reluctant Fundamentalist, International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (shortlist): The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Premio Speciale Dal Testo Allo Schermo (winner): The Reluctant Fundamentalist

2008: Ambassador Book Award (winner): The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Anisfield-Wolf Book Award (winner): The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Arts Council England Decibel Award (shortlist): The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Asian American Literary Award (winner): The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Australia-Asia Literary Award (shortlist): The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book (shortlist): The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Index on Censorship T R Fyvel Award (shortlist): The Reluctant Fundamentalist, James Tait Black Memorial Prize (shortlist): The Reluctant Fundamentalist, South Bank Show Award for Literature (winner): The Reluctant Fundamentalist

2007: Good Housekeeping Book Award for Most Compelling Read (winner): The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Man Booker Prize (shortlist): The Reluctant Fundamentalist

2001: Betty Trask Award (winner): Moth Smoke, Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book (shortlist): Moth Smoke, PEN/Hemingway Award (shortlist): Moth Smoke

 

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WestportREADS 2019 Exhibit Opens: Liberty To Set Down: Immigrants and Migrants in Westport

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The Westport Historical Society explores how immigrants have long woven the fabric of the town in its exhibit "Liberty To Set Down: Immigrants and Migrants in Westport, Connecticut." From its earliest settlement in 1648 in the parish of Greens Farms, the area that was to become Westport has been a crossroads of cultural expression. Westport’s immigration story began with the first Europeans who wrested the land from Native People to the forced immigration of enslaved Africans to the later waves of Irish, German, Italian and Polish immigrants of the 19th-century to a wide and varied immigration story of the 20th and 21st centuries. 

Location: Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place

Dan Woog's 06880 article, "We’re All Immigrants. Westport Historical Society Wants To Know How We Got Here."

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  • Maids At Laurence Estate (Longshore): In the 19th and early 20th centuries, Irish immigrant women often worked as domestic servants at Westport’s great estates, as did African Americans who came to the area as part of the Great Migration from the South.
  • Immigrant Laborers Work on the Saugatuck Railroad Bridge Expansion: Italian immigrants from the Saugatuck area were among those who worked on an expansion project in 1905 for the railroad bridge over the river. The bridge is still in use today.

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

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WestportREADS 2019: Collection Event for Share Your Story: Virtual Exhibit of Westport’s Origins

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In collaboration with the Westport Historical Society, the Library is helping to create a virtual exhibit that celebrates Westport’s immigrant past, present and future by offering a visual representation of the patchwork history of our town, which becomes richer and more vibrant with every new person that enters it.

While virtual exhibit will launch in mid-January. We will begin accepting submissions...

We invite everyone to share their story—how did your family get here? Submissions could include some of the following: photos of first generation Westporters, ancestral family members who immigrated to the area and photos of relevant land or objects. Copies of documents, like a census or ship manifest, would also be a great submission. Every submission should have a visual component, as well as a written component that explains the picture and your family’s journey. The statement must be no more than one page in length. We are accepting scanned or photographed copies of handwritten statements, as well as typed statements. All members of our community are welcome to participate! 

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

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WestportREADS 2019: Explore Your Genealogy

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Sara Krasne,  incoming president of the Westport Historical Society, will show you how to research your family background using library databases, Ancestry and Heritage Quest. Best practices for virtual and in-person research will be explained so you can go and find your roots!

Sara Krasne is the archives manager and chairperson at Westport Historical Society, following a 5 year tenure as a board member. Educated at California University of Pennsylvania with additional studies in genealogy, Sara has traced the history of Westport’s founding families including some of the later immigrant families. Her most surprising genealogy finds have been found in researching her own family, where there are dastardly criminals and Hungarian Nobility. Her work as a genealogist supports research and exhibits at Westport Historical Society as well as visitor requests. Sara is the mother of two little boys and originally hails from Gilpin Township, Pennsylvania.

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

 

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WestportREADS 2019: The Refugee Experience

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A Syrian refugee family describe their immigrant journey. Three years ago, Westporters sponsored a Syrian family and helped them migrate to the area. Learn what emigration is from this family and how their story enriches ours.

Guide to resources for refugees.

Partners: TEAM Westport, the Westport/Weston Interfaith Council & CT Institute of Immigrants and Refugees

Location: The Westport Woman's Club, 44 Imperial Avenue

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

 

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WestportREADS 2019: Discussion of "Exit West"

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Join veteran retired English teacher Gerry Kuroghlian (Dr. K) to discuss the WestportREADS selection Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, an award-winning novel that follows two refugees who, against all odds, find life and love on the run.

Location: Barnes & Noble, 1076 Post Road East

Dan Woog's column on "Unsung Hero" Dr. K.

To request a discussion leader for your group, contact Kathleen Malloy at kmalloy [at] westportlibrary [dot] org.

From the New York Times, "New & Noteworthy" section, 11/6/18: “As a White House correspondent specializing in foreign policy, I’ve written dozens of stories about how the United States confronts — or more often, fails to confront — the horrors of civil war in Syria, Yemen, Libya and elsewhere. Mohsin Hamid’s slender novel EXIT WEST takes the geopolitics out of war completely — it doesn’t even name the country being ravaged — and views it purely through the lens of a young couple, Nadia and Saeed, who fall in love among the ruins. The language is spare and unsentimental; Hamid follows the young couple to bleak refugee camps in Mykonos, London and Marin County, Calif. (he names those places, sketching out a dystopian portrait of a world coping with a mass-migration future). Nadia and Saeed are brave, heartbreaking and utterly credible. But they make their journey around the world by passing through mysterious black doorways — an abrupt turn to magical realism that has left some readers puzzled. I think it captures how quickly, in an era of mass mobility and digital communications, the victims of distant wars can end up on the West’s doorstep.”—Mark Landler, White House Correspondent 

WestportREADS is an annual program dedicated to strengthening
the community through the shared experience of a book.

WestportREADS 2019 is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman. 

 


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WestportREADS 2019: Collection Event for Share Your Story: Virtual Exhibit of Westport’s Origins

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In collaboration with the Westport Historical Society, the Library is helping to create a virtual exhibit that celebrates Westport’s immigrant past, present and future by offering a visual representation of the patchwork history of our town, which becomes richer and more vibrant with every new person that enters it.

While virtual exhibit will launch in mid-January. We will begin accepting submissions...

We invite everyone to share their story—how did your family get here? Submissions could include some of the following: photos of first generation Westporters, ancestral family members who immigrated to the area and photos of relevant land or objects. Copies of documents, like a census or ship manifest, would also be a great submission. Every submission should have a visual component, as well as a written component that explains the picture and your family’s journey. The statement must be no more than one page in length. We are accepting scanned or photographed copies of handwritten statements, as well as typed statements. All members of our community are welcome to participate! 

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

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WestportREADS 2019: Collection Event for Share Your Story: Virtual Exhibit of Westport’s Origins

Please see full event listing for date.

In collaboration with the Westport Historical Society, the Library is helping to create a virtual exhibit that celebrates Westport’s immigrant past, present and future by offering a visual representation of the patchwork history of our town, which becomes richer and more vibrant with every new person that enters it.

While virtual exhibit will launch in mid-January. We will begin accepting submissions...

We invite everyone to share their story—how did your family get here? Submissions could include some of the following: photos of first generation Westporters, ancestral family members who immigrated to the area and photos of relevant land or objects. Copies of documents, like a census or ship manifest, would also be a great submission. Every submission should have a visual component, as well as a written component that explains the picture and your family’s journey. The statement must be no more than one page in length. We are accepting scanned or photographed copies of handwritten statements, as well as typed statements. All members of our community are welcome to participate! 

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

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WestportREADS 2019: Migration Today in the Sweep of History

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Why do people move? Is migrating an inherent instinct or would history tell us that humans gravitate to a sedentary lifestyle?

The United Nations Association Southwest CT will explore the richness of global culture that results with migrations in this discussion moderated by Alex Anvari. Whether your life is lived in one place— or that every generation of your ancestors had a migration, immigration or emigration story among their intimates—your experience of life will dramatically vary based on interactions with people on the move. In the spirit of WestportREADS, this will be a community conversation on why people move, how these migrations affect ecosystems and policies countries (and subunits) implement related to migrations. This discussion of the themes novelized by Mohsin Hamid in Exit West will raise awareness of our shared interest that a well-designed and executed immigration framework also be multi-lateral-compatible.

Migration-themed refreshments will be available.

Azrah Karim Rajput is Policy Officer and an expert on migration policies at the International Organization for Migration IOM established 1951. Working with 169 member states, 8 observer states andnumerous international and non-governmental organizations, IOM helps ensure the orderly and humane management of migration.

Robert Riggs is a scholar who has researched, taught, and written about forced migrations, conflict, and the transformation of sectarian identities in the recent history in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria. He will present the historical context of movement and mixing of peoples, ideas and technologies. War, strife, persecution, work, weather, and even boredom are all part of the story.

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

Location: Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East

Partner: United Nations Association Southwest CT

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Postponed: Family Art Exploration of WestportREADS Themes

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This event is postponed. Please check later for a new date.

 

  

Explore love, courage, migration, cultures and magical doors through readings, discussion and a community art installation.
Elementary school age & up. Register online.

Community partner: Creative Connections

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

 

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