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Author Marcello Di Cintio to read as part of UNB Saint John’s Lorenzo Reading Series

Author: UNB Newsroom

Posted on Jan 22, 2019

Category: UNB Saint John

Marcello Di Cintio will read from Pay No Heed to the Rockets: Palestine in the Present Tense on Thursday, Jan. 31, as part of the UNB Saint John Lorenzo Reading Series.

Marcello Di Cintio first visited Palestine in 1999. Like most outsiders, the Palestinian narrative that he knew had been simplified by a seemingly unending struggle - stories of oppression, exile and occupation told over and over again.

In Pay No Heed to the Rockets: Palestine in the Present Tense, he reveals a more complex story, the Palestinian experience as seen through the lens of authors, books and literature. Using the form of a political-literary travelogue, he explores what literature means to modern Palestinians and how Palestinians make sense of the conflict between a rich imaginative life and the daily tedium and violence of survival.

Marcello Di Cintio is the author of four books, including the critically acclaimed Walls: Travels Along the Barricades, winner of the 2013 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing and the City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize.

The Lorenzo Reading Series acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, The League of Canadian Poets, UNB Saint John, UNB Saint John Bookstore, and its private reading sponsors.

Marcello Di Cintio will read from his book on Thursday, Jan. 31, at 2 p.m. in the Whitebone Lounge on UNB’s Saint John campus.

For more information contact Andrea Kikuchi at (506) 648-5782 or email lorenzo@unb.ca.

Photo credit: James May