Monday, August 5, 2013

Evergreen™ Featured Title: Intolerable by Kamal Al-Solaylee

Kamal Al-Solaylee
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As always, Shelagh Rogers is a wonderful interviewer, and has an extended conversation with Kamal Al-Solaylee over at The Next Chapter. Listen in to this 30 minute chat for more discussion of this book.

In the 1960s, Kamal Al-Solaylee’s father was one of the wealthiest property owners in Aden, in the south of Yemen, but when the country shrugged off its colonial roots, his properties were confiscated, and the family was forced to leave.

As a gay man living in an intolerant country, Al-Solaylee escaped first to England and eventually to Canada, where he became a prominent journalist and academic.

Intolerable is part memoir of an Arab family caught in the turmoil of Middle Eastern politics over six decades, part personal coming-out narrative and part cultural analysis. This is a story of the modern Middle East that we think we know so much about.

Kamal Al-Solaylee was a nominee for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Non-Fiction in 2012, and spoke about a particular passage in his book in the National Post at that time, and why it was his ‘favourite part’.

Watch Al-Solaylee speak to Xtra about his book:

Don’t forget, if you read this book as part of SPL’s STARR Summer Reading program, you can claim 2 stamps on your Rewards Card, and also be eligible to vote during Ontario Public Library Week, October 20-26, to choose the winner of the Evergreen™ Award!

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