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Rebuilding Afghanistan: Literary, Artistic and Cultural Endeavors
15 Oct 2008 6:30 pm
15 Oct 2008 8:00 pm

Tamim Ansary will moderate this panel discussion about current events in Afghanistan with special guests Mo Qayoumi, president of California State University: East Bay; UC Berkeley professor Wali Ahmadi; photographer Joseph N. Hoyt; and Humaira Ghilzai, president of Afghan Friends Network.


San Francisco Public Library and One City One Book partners are excited to explore and celebrate San Francisco author Tamim Ansary’s memoir with an unparalleled series of book discussions, author events and more. In West of Kabul, East of New York: An Afghan American Story, we travel at Ansary’s side, as he gives us rare access to Afghan culture—from the time of “old Afghanistan,” through Soviet rule, and later the Taliban.

After 9/11, Afghanistan once again found itself upon the world’s stage and in direct conflict with the United States—and yet, the country was as obscure to the West as ever. Tamim Ansary, who has lived embedded in both American and Afghan society, is uniquely capable of reaching across both cultures, and through his experiences he begins to inspire the empathy necessary to transcend differences. His stirring memoir offers much to discuss.

Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St.
San Francisco