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Undergrads are invited to meet with Ayelet Tsabari, author of the award-winning collection of short stories “The Best Place on Earth” and the new memoir “The Art of Leaving.”

Coffee and pastries provided. Participants will receive a complimentary copy of “The Art of Leaving.”

RSVP to Student Engagement Director Lauren Kurland for location.

Cover of the book "The Art of Leaving: A Memoir," with title in blocky text on a colorful, stylized background that suggests plants above desert

“The Art of Leaving: A Memoir” (2019), Tsabari’s new book, traces the writer’s journey from her childhood home on the outskirts of Tel Aviv to Vancouver and Toronto — and from her native Hebrew to her adopted English — alongside the story of her grandparents’ migration from Yemen to the land of Israel in the 1930s. An astute observer of lives of Mizrahi Jews (Jews of Arab lands) in Israel and beyond, in “The Art of Leaving” Tsabari delivers a powerful coming-of-age story that reflects on identity and belonging and explores themes of family and home — both inherited and chosen.

Tsabari will also be speaking at the UW on February 28, 2019. Tickets are free and all undergraduate students are welcome.

About the speaker

Portrait of Ayelet Tsabari smiling, wearing a scarf, leather jacket, and earrings

Ayelet Tsabari was born in Israel to a large family of Yemeni descent. Her first book, “The Best Place on Earth,” won the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and the Edward Lewis Wallant Award and was longlisted to the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. She currently lives and teaches creative writing in Toronto.


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