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Conversation: Elliot Ackerman and Roxana Robinson, Dark at the Crossing

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 6:30 PM
| Open to the Public | Members' Room | $15 per person | Advance registration required

Haris Abadi is a man in search of a cause. An Arab American with a conflicted past, he is now in Turkey, attempting to cross into Syria and join the fight against Bashar al-Assad’s regime. But he is robbed before he can make it and is taken in by Amir, a charismatic Syrian refugee and former revolutionary, and Amir’s wife, Daphne, a sophisticated beauty haunted by grief. As it becomes clear that Daphne is also desperate to return to Syria, Haris’s choices become ever more wrenching: Whose side is he really on? Is he a true radical or simply a pragmatist? And will he be able to bring meaning to a life of increasing frustration and helplessness? Told with compassion and a deft hand, Elliot Ackerman’s Dark at the Crossing is an exploration of loss, of second chances, and of why we choose to believe—a trenchantly observed novel of raw urgency and power.

Elliot Ackerman, author of the critically acclaimed novel Green on Blue, is based out of Istanbul, where he has covered the Syrian Civil War since 2013. His writings have appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, the New Republic, and the New York Times Magazine, among other publications, and his stories have been included in The Best American Short Stories. He is both a former White House Fellow and Marine, and served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan where he received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor, and the Purple Heart.

In this event, Mr. Ackerman appears in conversation with Roxana Robinson. Ms. Robinson is the author of five novels, most recently Sparta; three short story collections; and the biography Georgia O’Keeffe: A Life. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s, the New York Times, the Atlantic, and Best American Short Stories, among other publications. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. Ms. Robinson teaches in Hunter College’s master of fine arts program and is president of the Authors Guild.

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