A program open to all ages Wednesday October 7 7:00 pm Free Peter Kaye Room, Lower Level Born to an Iraqi-Christian father and a British mother, and raised in Britain and Canada, Leilah Nadir has never set foot on Iraqi soil. The Orange Trees of Baghdad is the journey to uncover her lost family roots. Distanced from her Iraqi roots through immigration and now cut off by war, the closest link she has to the nation is through her father, who left Baghdad in the 1960s when he was sixteen to pursue his studies in England. He never looked back, until now, through his daughter's journey to uncover her lost family roots. Leilah Nadir has a Master's degree in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh and a Joint Honours Bachelor's degree in English and History from McGill University. The Orange Trees of Baghdad: In Search of My Lost Family has been described as stunning in its brilliance and poignant in its elegance. The book won the George Ryga award in 2008 and has been published in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, Italy and France. Leilah has worked in London and Vancouver in the publishing industry. Since the invasion of Iraq, she has written and broadcast political commentaries for the CBC, The Globe and Mail and The Georgia Straight, and published a feature article in Brick magazine. Leilah also writes fiction and has written a play entitled Heavenly Bodies. For more information please contact VPL - Fine Arts and History at 604-331-3716 (starfishian)
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