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March 15, 2022 @ 7:00 pm

In-Person | Fencing with the King: An Evening with Diana Abu-Jaber and Ana Menéndez


March 15, 2022
7:00 pm


Books & Books
265 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables, FL 33134 US
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Books & Books and Miami Book Fair present…

An Evening with Diana Abu-Jaber

in conversation with

Ana Menéndez


Fencing with the King: A Novel

(W. W. Norton & Company, $26.95)

Tuesday, March 15, 7 PM ET | @ Books & Books


Please note that at this time, masks are still required inside all of our locations by all patrons. Thank you for your cooperation.

About the Book:

A mesmerizing breakthrough novel of family myths and inheritances by the award-winning author of Crescent.

Amani is hooked on a mystery—a poem on airmail paper that slips out of one of her father’s books. It seems to have been written by her grandmother, a refugee who arrived in Jordan during the First World War. Soon the perfect occasion to investigate arises: her Uncle Hafez, an advisor to the King of Jordan, invites her father to celebrate the king’s sixtieth birthday—and to fence with the king, as in their youth. Her father has avoided returning to his homeland for decades, but Amani persuades him to come with her. Uncle Hafez will make their time in Jordan complicated—and dangerous—after Amani discovers a missing relative and is launched into a journey of loss, history, and, eventually, a fight for her own life.

Fencing with the King masterfully draws on King Lear and Arthurian fable to explore the power of inheritance, the trauma of displacement, and whether we can release the past to build a future.

About the Author:

DIANA ABU-JABER is the award-winning author of seven books of fiction and nonfiction, including Crescent and The Language of Baklava. She lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

About the Moderator:

ANA MENÉNDEZ has published four books of fiction: including Adios, Happy Homeland!, and In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd, whose title story won a Pushcart Prize. A fifth book, The Apartment, is forthcoming in Spring 2023. A former journalist and Fulbright Scholar in Egypt, she now teaches at Florida International University.

Ticket Guidelines:

  • ADMISSION WITH BOOK: The purchase of this ticket admits (1) one person into the in-person event and includes (1) one copy of Fencing with the King  (W.W. Norton & Company, $26.95 + tax and fee).

Books will be distributed at check-in on the night of the event at the venue. If you cannot make it, books will be sent to the Coral Gables location and placed on hold under your last name.

  • GENERAL ADMISSION (Free, no book): The registration for this ticket admits (1) one person into the in-person event and does not include a book.