BOA Editions is honored to welcome prolific Lebanese writer and poet Jawdat Fakhreddine (Lighthouse for the Drowning, BOA 2017) as our featured guest at BOA's 20th annual Dine & Rhyme fundraiser gala. Jawdat will travel from Beirut to read and discuss his work with the Rochester community. He will be joined by his daughter and co-translator, Huda Fakhreddine.
The evening will commence with a talk and reading by the author and translator. Jawdat and Huda will share the story behind Lighthouse for the Drowning, from the book’s first draft, written during the Lebanese Civil War while Jawdat was living in exile in the US, to the book’s publication and critical reception in 1996, to its eventual translation and publication by BOA in 2017.
A book signing, reception, and silent auction will follow, during which guests will be invited to enjoy Lebanese-inspired cuisine by Julia K Caters and a selection of beverages. Tickets are available in advance for $50 or $60 at the door on the night of the event. All proceeds will help BOA continue to bring exceptional and essential works of literature to the public.