What is it like to grow up amid toxic discussions of “us” versus “them”? How can anyone, especially a young adult, feel like they truly belong to a society when they are considered to be “alien”? Author Marina Budhos speaks about fiction as a tool to confront cultural differences and to foster understanding in a world of toxic discussions of “us” versus “them, through her novels Watched, Tell Us We’re Home, and Ask Me No Questions.
Marina Budhos is an author of award-winning fiction and nonfiction; in 2017, Budhos will also publish The Eyes of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro & The Invention of Modern Photojournalism, co-authored with her husband Marc Aronson. Their previous book, Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom & Science. She is currently a professor of English at William Paterson University.
Moderated Miral Fahmy, this session is co-presented with Words Go Round, an outreach programme by the Singapore Writers Festival. Miral Fahmy’s 22-year career in journalism has taken her across the Middle East – covering conflicts, politics and the people of a region often called the cradle of civilisation. Miral, who originates from Egypt, was a regular contributor to Cairo’s English language press from her sophomore year at the American University in Cairo. She joined the Reuters news agency in 1994 and moved to Singapore in late 2006 as an editor at the news hub here. She is currently the editorial learning manager for the region.