Award Winning Author Diana Abu-Jaber to Discuss Women Characters
On Saturday, November 9, at the Oswego Heritage House (398 10th Street) noted author Diana Abu-Jaber will discuss her process of writing about women and family relationships. Ms. Abu-Jaber is a New York born American with a Jordanian father and an American mother of Irish-German heritage. She won the 2004 PEN Center USA Award for Literary Fiction, the American Book Award, and the Oregon Book Award, and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her many books reflect her Jordanian-American heritage. She focuses on family relationships, especially the relationships among women. Birds of Paradise, her latest book, revolves around a girl who ran away from home at age thirteen and the impact she has on her mother, father and brother. Ms. Abu-Jaber left home at age fifteen to move away from her father's strict discipline. Her descriptions of the family relationships among her characters are infused with a deep understanding that arises from her own experiences. Ms. Abu-Jaber is a Writer in Residence at Portland State University. She teaches writing as well as other subjects.
The American Association of University Women Lake Oswego Branch is sponsoring this event which is free and open to the public.
For information about the Diana Abu-Jaber presentation or AAUW activities or membership, please contact JoAnn Siebe at 503-608-2444.