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Iraqi author day event at Appalachian

Members of the Arabic studies program at Appalachian State University will celebrate Iraqi Author Day by reading brief excerpts from six Iraqi authors May 1.

The readings, in Arabic and English, will be held from 2-3 p.m. in the University Bookstore.

Authors featured will be Fadhil al-Azzawi, Duna Ghali, Muhammad Khudayyir, Abdel Khaleq al-Rikabi, Salima Salih and Gha’ib Tu’ma Farman.

“Iraqi authors, whether in exile or living in Iraq, write in difficult conditions, both physical and psychological,” said William Hutchins, a professor in Appalachian’s Department of Philosophy and Religion. “One simple way to support their efforts to tell their country’s stories is to read their works.”

Hutchins is a noted translator of Arabic literature.

Books by al-Azzawi and Khudayyir will be available for purchase. For further information about the event, call Hutchins at 262-2427.

A Publishers Weekly review of Hutchins’ translation of “Basrayatha” by Muhammad Khudayyir stated, “Fluidly translated by Hutchins, this nearly stream-of-consciousness tale takes the reader on a journey through the history and physical topography of Iraq’s second city.”