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  • The Time Traveler's Pen

    Join historical fiction novelists Leila Aboulela, Reem Bassiouney and Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai for an insightful discussion about the challenging task of bringing the past to life. Aboulela’s River Spirit is an enchanting narrative which shines a light on the tumultuous years leading up to the British conquest of Sudan in 1898; Bassiouney's The Confectioner transports readers to twelfth century Egypt, exploring the tensions between politics and faith which occurred during that time; Nguyễn Phan's Dust Child is a poetic saga centered on four individuals with inherited tragedies who intersect in surprising ways, set during and after the war in Việt Nam. They speak with Rehan Khan.


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