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In Conversation: Syrian Refugee Crisis

Sat, Nov 10, 2018 from 2:50 pm - 3:20 pm
1119 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205

Two writers for young people whose new novels feature stories of the civil war in Syria and the people displaced by it. Journalist and author Atia Abawi discusses her young adult novel A Land of Permanent Goodbyes with N. H. Senzai, author of the middle-grade novel Escape from Aleppo. Moderated by OPB’s Geoff Norcross, host of Morning Edition.

Attendees 17 years of age and younger and/or with valid high school ID enjoy free admission. Advance 2018 Portland Book Festival passes available now.

Atia Abawi

Atia Abawi is a foreign news correspondent who was stationed for almost five years in Kabul, Afghanistan. She was born to Afghan parents in West Germany and was raised in the United States. Her first book for teens was the powerful The Secret Sky, about forbidden romance between different ethnic tribes in Afghanistan. Her most recent book is A Land of Permanent Goodbyes. She currently lives in Jerusalem with her husband, Conor Powell, and their son, Arian. Visit her online at atiaabawi.com.
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N. H. Senzai

N. H. Senzai is the author of Shooting Kabul, which was critically acclaimed and on numerous award lists. Publishers Weekly called it “hard hitting, emotionally wrenching.” Her second book, Saving Kabul Corner, was nominated for an Edgar Award. She is also the author of Ticket to India and Escape from Aleppo. Ms. Senzai lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family. Visit her online at NHSenzai.com.
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Geoff Norcross

Geoff Norcross is the Morning Edition host at Oregon Public Broadcasting. Before coming to Oregon, he was the program director at the NPR-affiliate KNAU in Flagstaff, Arizona. A 25-year radio veteran, Geoff has been on air in New York, Florida, Missouri, Illinois, and West Virginia. He joined OPB in 2008. Geoff has received awards from the Public Radio News Directors Inc. for best interview, the Edward R. Murrow Award for best feature reporting, and the Florida Associated Press Award for the best newscast. Geoff graduated from Bradley University with a degree in communications. Geoff lives in Portland with his wife. When he’s not on the air, you can find him rowing on the Willamette River or running and biking around the southwest hills. If you get up early enough, you might catch him hiking the nearby mountains.
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