Live Stream | Is This How You Eat a Watermelon? with Zein El-Amine

Image shows headshot of author Zein El-Amine and the front cover of his book, Is This How You Eat a Watermelon?

Due to changes in the author's schedule, this event is now virtual. The event is free but registration is required. 

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A dozen boarding school students find themselves stranded at the beginning of the Lebanese Civil War. A young man, a young woman, and a mistreated monkey unite in a bid to survive. Even Israel's war on Lebanon cannot stop an old woman from getting her fix of nicotine. A young Lebanese student on a visit to Bahrain is wrongly implicated as a terrorist and placed in a prison with other political prisoners where light and hope is absconding. Fresh snow compels a sacrilegious undertaking from a father much to the shock of his children. Shared trauma takes the shape of phantom spectrals. And in the titular story, a hedonistic man eats himself to an early death with the desecration of the city of Beirut forming the backdrop.

Zein El-Amine is a Lebanese-born poet and writer. He has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Maryland. His poems have appeared in Wild River Review, Folio, Beltway Quarterly, Foreign Policy In Focus, CityLit, Graylit, Split This Rock, Penumbra, DC Poets Against The War: An Anthology, Ghostfishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology. His latest poetry manuscript A Travel Guide for the Exiled was recently shortlisted for the Bergman Prize, judged by Louise Glück. His short stories have appeared in the Uno Mas, Jadaliyya, Middle East Report, Wild River Review, About Place Journal, and in Bound Off. His short story collection, Is This How You Eat a Watermelon was awarded the Megaphone Prize for short fiction and has been placed on the Longlist for the 2023 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Short Story Collection.

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Is This How You Eat a Watermelon? By Zein El-Amine Cover Image
This book is currently on backorder. Please call or email for availability.
ISBN: 9781737718420
Published: Radix Media - November 8th, 2022