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March 24 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

In Person: An Afternoon With Jordan Salama

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Books & Books

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Date:
March 24
Time:
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Venue

Books & Books in Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
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Phone:
305.442.4408

Books & Books presents…

AN AFTERNOON WITH JORDAN SALAMA

discussing

Stranger in the Desert

(Catapult, $27.00)

Sunday, March 24, 4 PM | Books & Books, Coral Gables

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Books & Books is thrilled to present an evening with Jordan Salama discussing his riveting book, Stranger in the Desert (Catapult, $27.00)

Please RSVP only if you intend to join us.


About the Book:

Inspired by family lore, a young writer embarks on an epic quest through the Argentine Andes in search of a heritage spanning hemispheres and centuries, from the Jewish Levant to turn-of-the-century trade routes in South America One Thanksgiving afternoon at his grandparents’ house, Jordan Salama discovers a large binder stuffed with yellowing papers and old photographs—a five-hundred-year wandering history of his Arab-Jewish family, from Moorish Spain to Ottoman Syria to Argentina and beyond.One story in particular captures his attention: that of his great-grandfather, a Syrian-born, Arabic-speaking Jewish immigrant to Argentina who in the 1920s worked as a traveling salesman in the Andes—and may have left behind forgotten descendants along the way. Encouraged by his grandfather, Jordan goes in search of these “Lost Salamas,” traveling more than a thousand miles up the spine of South America’s greatest mountain range.Combining travelog, history, memoir, and reportage, Stranger in the Desert transports readers from the lonely plains of Patagonia to the breathtaking altiplano of the high Andes; from the old Jewish quarter of Damascus to today’s vibrant neighborhoods of Buenos Aires. It is also a fervent journey of self-discovery as Salama grapples with his own Jewish, Arab, and Latin American identities, interrogating the stories families tell themselves, and to what end.

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About the Author:

Jordan Salama is the author of Every Day the River Changes, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year. His work has appeared in National GeographicThe New York TimesSmithsonianScientific American, and on NPR’s All Things Considered. He lives in New York.