Alia Malek at Bird In Hand in Baltimore, MD
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Join Nation Books author Alia Malek at Bird In Hand in Baltimore, MD on Wednesday, March 15th for a discussion of her book The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria.

In The Home That Was Our Country, Alia Malek chronicles her return to her family home in Damascus at the Arab Spring's hopeful start in 2011. She left to reclaim her grandmother's apartment, which had been lost to her family since Hafez al-Assad came to power in 1970. Its loss was central to her parents' decision to make their lives in America, and a central story during her Baltimore upbringing. In chronicling the people who lived in the Tahaan building, past and present, Malek portrays the Muslims, Christians, Jews, Armenians, and Kurds who worked, loved and suffered in close quarters, mirroring the political shifts in their country. Restoring her family's home as the country comes apart, she learns how to speak the coded language of oppression that exists in a dictatorship, while privately confronting her own fears about Syria's future.

Alia Malek is a Syrian-American journalist and civil rights lawyer. She grew up in Baltimore and has degrees from Johns Hopkins and Georgetown. In 2011, Alia moved to Damascus and wrote anonymously for several outlets, including the New York Times, about Syria's disintegration.

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Start: March 15, 2017 at 7:30 PM0
End: November 30, -1 at 12:00 AM1
Where: Bird In Hand
11 East 33rd Street
Baltimore, MD 21218