Women Against the World: Bonnie Garmus, Geetanjali Shree & Reem Al Kamali
Date/Time: Friday 3 February 2023 19:00-20:00
Venue: Al Baraha II, InterContinental, Dubai Festival City
Simultaneous Translation: English to Arabic, Arabic to English
Session No: 147
We live in a world where women must rise to endless challenges in order to maintain their passions. This struggle is universal, as shown by three acclaimed female writers from different parts of the world who have explored it in their writing. Tomb of Sand, by Indian writer and 2022 International Booker Prize winner Geetanjali Shree, Lessons in Chemistry, by American author Bonnie Garmus, and Rose’s Diaries by Reem Al Kamali all have this in common.
Let’s delve into the journey of women as these authors discuss what their characters have to face in the different times and places they lived in, what obstacles and opportunities they encountered, and in what ways their experiences cross over.
Bonnie Garmus is the author is Lessons In Chemistry and a copywriter and creative director who has worked for a wide range of clients, focusing primarily on technology, medicine and education. She is an open-water swimmer, a rower and mother to two daughters.
Geetanjali Shree is the author of the novel Tomb of Sand (originally titled Ret Samadhi) and other acclaimed novels including Mai, Hamara Shahar us Baras, Tirohit and Khali Jagah. Known for her innovative use of language and structure, her novels and stories have been translated into many langauges. Shree is also a founding member of Delhi-based theatre group, Vivadi, and works on their plays which are performed both in India and abroad.
Reem Al Kamali is an Emirati novelist. Her novel Sultanate of Hormuz won the 2015 Al Owais Creativity Award 2015. Her novel Dalma Statue won the 2018 Sharjah Creativity Award. Her novel Rose’s Diary was shortlisted for the 2022 International Prize for Arabic Fiction and the 2022 Sheikh Zayed Prize.
This session is moderated by Bilal Orfali
As you plan your day at the Festival, please take into consideration that it takes between 30-60 mins to commute between the Intercontinental, Festival City and Mohammed Bin Rashid Library.