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Syrian-Lebanese-American author Zughaib discusses her new book “Stories My Father Told Me”

November 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Author and artist Helen Zughaib, "Stories My Father Told Me"

Syrian-Lebanese-American author Zughaib discusses her new book “Stories My Father Told Me”

Helen Zughaib, internationally renowned, award-winning Syrian-Lebanese-American artist will discuss her new book “Stories My Father Told Me” about life growing up in Syria.

Thursday, Nov. 17
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Middle East Books and More
1902 18th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009

Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome.
About the book:

Twenty-five paintings by Helen Zughaib accompanied by text based on favorite stories told by her father about life in Syria and Lebanon in the 1930s and during World War II.

Author and artist Helen Zughaib, "Stories My Father Told Me"

Author and artist Helen Zughaib, “Stories My Father Told Me”

Helen’s father was born in the Old Quarter of Damascus during Ottoman times, when Le Grande Syrie included the lands that are now demarked  as Syria and Lebanon. His father and mother, first cousins in an arranged marriage, were from the villages of Zahle and Durer Shweir in the Lebanese mountains, first cousins in an arranged marriage.

“Let me tell you a story,” Helen Zughaib’s father used to say. What followed were absorbing tales of her father’s childhood in Damascus, village life in Lebanon in the late 1930s, amusing relatives, happenings the traditions of in their local Greek Orthodox Church, and major events in her father’s young life that lead him to emigrate to the United States in 1946.

Helen Zughaib is an award-winning artist who has developed a distinctive technique working in gouache and ink. She was born in Beirut and , educated in the Middle East, Paris, and the US. She is currently based in Washington.

Zughaib uses folkloric elements and a wide variety of other visual references to express the life and outlook of her family, the village community of her father’s young adult life, and her position as an international woman with special insight and empathy for the Middle East and its people.

Critics note the parallels between Zughaib’s work as an artist with Arab roots to the art of contemporary “Native, Latin, and African American communities.” (Maymanah Farhat)


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RAY HANANIA — Columnist

Ray Hanania is an award winning political and humor columnist who analyzes American and Middle East politics, and life in general. He is an author of several books.

Hanania covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. He began writing in 1975 publishing The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper (2004-2007).

Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues as Special US Correspondent for the Arab News ArabNews.com, at TheArabDailyNews.com, and at SuburbanChicagoland.com. He has published weekly columns in the Jerusalem Post newspaper, YNetNews.com, Newsday, the Orlando Sentinel, Houston Chronical, and Arlington Heights Daily Herald.

Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media. In 2009, Hanania received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. He was honored for his writing skills with two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild. In 1990, Hanania was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times editors for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.

His writings have also been honored by two national Awards from ADC for his writing, and from the National Arab American Journalists Association.

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