The Arts House presents - Fiction and the Migrants in Us by Marina Budhos


What is it like to grow up amid toxic discussions of “us” versus “them”? How can anyone, especially a young adult, feel like they truly belong to a society when they are considered to be “alien”? Author Marina Budhos speaks about why fiction remains an especially powerful tool to confront and break these silos. Through her novels Watched, Tell Us We’re Home, and Ask Me No Questions, she will talk about how we can discuss differences so that we can understand each other, and why these narratives must be told.

This session is co-presented with Words Go Round, an outreach programme by the Singapore Writers Festival.

About Marina Budhos

Marina Budhos is an author of award-winning fiction and nonfiction. Her newest novel, Watched, takes on surveillance in our post 9/11 world. Watched is a companion book to Ask Me No Questions, which received numerous honours, including ALA Best Books and Notable, the first James Cook Teen Book Award, and is taught in many schools. In 2017, Budhos will also publish The Eyes of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro & The Invention of Modern Photojournalism, co-authored with her husband Marc Aronson. Their previous book, Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom & Science, was a 2010 Los Angeles Times Book Award Finalist. Budhos’s other books include Tell Us We’re Home, The Professor of Light, House of Waiting, and a nonfiction book, Remix: Conversations with Immigrant Teenagers. She is currently a professor of English at William Paterson University.

About the Moderator

Miral Fahmy’s 22-year journalism career has taken her across the Middle East, covering the conflicts, the politics and the people of a region often called the cradle of civilization. Miral, an Egyptian, was a regular contributor to Cairo’s English language press from her sophomore year at the American University in Cairo. She joined Reuters news agency in 1994 and moved to Singapore in late 2006 as an editor at Reuters news hub here. She is currently the editorial learning manager for the region.
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Thu Mar 9, 2017
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM SGT
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