(Akka) is a Palestinian writer, journalist and mother of twin girls. She graduated from the University of Haifa with a Bachelor of Sociology and Anthropology. Today, she is the co-editor in chief of Raseef22, an Arabic language media platform standing at the intersection of identity, democracy and social justice. She is also its opinion, blog and "The Arab World and Europe" departments' editor. Hilwi is a DJ storyteller: an artistic form that combines stories and music. In her work, she focuses on the questions surrounding "Home بيت" and "Ghorbah غربة" and their intersection with womanhood, feminism, motherhood and identity.(2022)
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What is the similarity between Etel, Joan and bell? Literary luminaries Etel Adnan, Joan Didion and bell hooks are all (partly) American, all three have left a great mark on Western thought, and all three passed away last year. Their work is still alive and well, and inspires an ever-growing group of readers. That is why we are paying tribute to these authors on Wednesday, May 18. We have invited three contemporary authors, self-proclaimed enthusiasts who also dare to be critical, and who will share with us their personal relationship with with the work and ideas of Etel, Joan and bell respectively. Who were these luminaries? And why is their work and legacy still so relevant today?
We will hear...
Rasha Hilwi on Etel Adnan, a writer you should get to know if you didn't already. This Syrian-American poet, essayist and artist created work in three languages and at least as many genres. Oil paintings, films, tapestries and poems - Adnan's work has been exhibited all over the world. From 20 May, the Van Gogh Museum will dedicate a major exhibition to her.
Sabrine Ingabire on bell hooks, the iconic American writer, professor, feminist and activist. hooks wrote more than 30 books on issues such as race, gender, capitalism and her answer to almost every problem in the world: love. 'Her philosophy on love was about more than romantic love. It is one in which people recognize each other's humanity and approach each other as equals. A love of justice,' according to journalist and writer Ingabire in her eulogy about bell hooks in NRC.
Niña Weijers on Joan Didion, the writer and journalist who gained great fame with the many incisive essays and books she wrote about American culture. Chaos, cultural decay and fear play a leading role in many of her books, of which The Year of Magical Thinking has become the best known. 'It is almost impossible not to see how she embodies her work: the cool seriousness, the detachment of her gaze, the glamour and at the same time the ascetic, the undeniable American quality of her appearance', according to Weijers in her essay in De Groene Amsterdammer.
Moderator Nisrine Mbarki, translator of Etel Adnan and bell hooks, will lead the conversation.
Etel, Joan and bell - a tribute to three literary luminaries
Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Starts: 20:30, hall opens at 20:00
Tickets: €11 (regular), €8 (library card, CJP and Ooievaarspas), free admission for students, schoolchildren and We Are Public-members.
Location: Studio B, Central Library The Hague
English and Dutch program.
Programme compiled by Fleur Jeras (Writers Unlimited) Book sales by De Vries Van Stockum Boeken.