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The Lorenzo Society Presents Marcello Di Cintio

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100 Tucker Park Road

Saint John, NB E2K 4L5

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Author Marcello Di Cintio will read from Pay No Heed to the Rockets: Palestine in the Present Tense. on January 31 at 2 p.m. in the Whitebone Lounge


Marcello Di Cintio first visited Palestine in 1999. Like most outsiders, the Palestinian narrative that he knew had been simplified by a seemingly unending struggle, a near-Sisyphean curse of stories of oppression, exile and occupation told over and over again.
In Pay No Heed to the Rockets: Palestine in the Present Tense, he reveals a more complex story, the Palestinian experience as seen through the lens of authors, books and literature. Using the form of a political-literary travelogue, he explores what literature means to modern Palestinians and how Palestinians make sense of the conflict between a rich imaginative life and the daily tedium and violence of survival.

Di Cintio begins his journey on the Allenby Bridge that links Jordan to Palestine. He visits the towns and villages of the West Bank, passes into Jerusalem, and then travels through Israel before crossing into Gaza. En route, he meets with poets, authors, librarians and booksellers. He begins to see Palestine through their eyes, through their stories.

In the company of literary giants like Mahmoud Darwish and Ghassan Kanafani, and the contemporary authors whom they continue to inspire, Di Cintio travels through the rich cultural and literary heritage of Palestine. It's there that he uncovers a humanity, and a beauty, often unnoticed by news media. At the 70th anniversary of the Arab-Israeli War, Pay No Heed to the Rockets: Palestine in the Present Tense tells a fresh story about Palestine, one that begins with art rather than war.

Marcello Di Cintio is the author of four books, including the critically acclaimed Walls: Travels Along the Barricades, winner of the 2013 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing and the City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize. Di Cintio’s essays have been published in the Walrus, Canadian Geographic, the International New York Times, Condé Nast Traveller and Afar.

The Lorenzo Reading Series acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, The League of Canadian Poets, UNB Saint John, UNB Saint John Bookstore, and its private reading sponsors.

Building: Thomas J. Condon Student Centre
Room Number: Whitebone Lounge


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