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Pop-up: Atia Abawi

Sat, Nov 10, 2018 from 1:45 pm - 2:00 pm
1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205

Atia Abawi pops-up with her YA novel, A Land of Permanent Goodbyes.

Abawi is paired with Funerary Portrait by an unknown Palmyrene artist, found in the European Art on the 2nd floor of the Portland Art Museum. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location.


In a country ripped apart by war, Tareq lives with his big and loving family . . . until the bombs strike. His city is in ruins. His life is destroyed. And those who have survived are left to figure out their uncertain future. Tareq’s family knows that to continue to stay alive, they must leave. As they travel as refugees from Syria to Turkey to Greece, facing danger at every turn, Tareq must find the resilience and courage to complete his harrowing journey.

While this is one family’s story, it is also the timeless tale of the heartbreaking consequences of all wars, all tragedy, narrated by Destiny itself. When you are a refugee, success is outliving your loss.

An award-winning author and journalist—and a refugee herself—Atia Abawi captures the hope that spurs people forward against all odds and the love that makes that hope grow.

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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