In Lebanon during the civil war, a teenage boy and his family witness leveled cities, displaced civilians, the aftermath of massacres. Resources are scarce and uncertainty is everywhere. What does it mean to survive? To leave behind a home torn apart by war? To carry the burden of what you've seen across an ocean? These poems follow a man in search of security as he leaves his country for America, falls in love, and becomes a single father to three daughters. Through the perspective of one man, his family, and even his country, Set to Music a Wildfire explores the violence of living, the guilt of surviving, the loneliness of faith, and the impossible task of belonging.
Ruth Awad is a Lebanese-American poet whose debut poetry collection Set to Music a Wildfire won the 2016 Michael Waters Poetry Prize and the 2018 Ohioana Book Award for Poetry. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Poetry, Poem-a-Day, The New Republic, Pleiades, The Missouri Review, The Rumpus, CALYX, Diode, The Adroit Journal, and elsewhere.
You may pick up your pre-ordered boxed dinner at any point within this time frame. If you choose to bring your own dinner, we invite you to picnic on the lawn with us. Our Young Docents will offer free guided tours of Thurber House.
The program begins. Thurber House remains open after the reading for touring, book buying, and signing.
California turkey club, hummus and carrots, tossed salad, and a cookie.
Dinner and Reading: $40
Reading Only (Adult): $25
Reading Only (Children 12 and Under): $5
Dinner and Reading tickets must be purchased by noon on the Friday before the picnic. All tickets are non-refundable.
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