On Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 7:30pm acclaimed journalist Marcello Di Cinto will be speaking in the Alumni Lounge in the Alumni Memorial Building (130 Bailey Drive) at UNB Fredericton as part of the UNB English Department’s Author Series. The author of the acclaimed Pay No Heed to Rockets: Palestine in the Present Tense and the award-winning Walls: Travels Along the Barricades, Di Cintio will read from his newest book and discuss contemporary Palestine and the narrow language of conflict.
The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Books will be available for purchase from the UNB Bookstore.
Di Cintio first visited Palestine in 1999. Like most outsiders, the narrative he knew was one defined by unending stories of oppression, exile, and occupation. In Pay No Heed to the Rockets, he reveals a more complex story — the Palestinian experience as seen through the lens of its literary culture. Taking the long route through the West Bank, into Jerusalem, across Israel, and finally into Gaza, he meets with poets, authors, librarians, and booksellers to learn about Palestine through their eyes, through the story of their stories. Along the way, he explores how Palestinians make sense of the conflict between a rich imaginative life and the daily tedium of survival.
As Sam Risak writes in the Los Angeles Review of Books, “Marcello Di Cintio is an active participant who reacts emotionally to the Palestinians he interviews . . . Rather than focusing on the ugliness of deprivation, he seeks out the experiences of Palestinian writers and artists for whom, he says, nothing is more beautiful than a story . . . He depicts Palestine as a place filled with life and hope . . . a people whose homes, but not their identities, have been displaced.”
For more information on this event or to receive a media copy of Di Cintio’s book to arrange an interview, contact Nathaniel Moore at (506) 450 4521 or firstname.lastname@example.org