Award-winning Binghamton University alum to give free reading


Award-winning author and Binghamton University alumna Diana Abu-Jaber will give a free reading of her new book, The Language of Baklava, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, at Borders Café in the Carousel Mall, Syracuse. The event is free and open to the public.

Abu-Jaber, who earned her doctoral degree at Binghamton University, was born in Syracuse, New York, to a Jordanian father and an American (Irish-German) mother. Her new book is a vibrant, humorous memoir of her life in upstate New York and Jordan weaved around vividly remembered meals: everything from Lake Ontario shish kebob cookouts to goat stew feast under a Bedouin tent. These recollections illuminate the two cultures of Abu-Jaber’s childhood and the richness and difficulty of straddling both.

Abu-Jaber’s first novel, Arabian Jazz, won the Oregon Book Award, and was a finalist for the National PEN/Faulkner award. She is also the author of Crescent, which was awarded the 2004 PEN Center USA Award for literary fiction and the Before Columbus Foundation's American Book Award. In addition, Abu-Jaber has published numerous short stories electronically and in literary magazines such as “Ploughshares,” the “North American Review,” and “Story.” She has taught at the University of Oregon and UCLA, and is currently writer-in-residence at Portland State University, where she teaches creative writing, feminist voices, Middle Eastern literatures, and postcolonial literatures.

Abu-Jaber’s reading in Syracuse is co-sponsored by Harpur College of Arts and Sciences at Binghamton University and the Binghamton University Alumni Association. For more information, contact 607-777-4700.

Last Updated: 9/17/13