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Durham County Library Hosts Program on The Language of Baklava

Program: The Language of Baklava
Date: Tuesday, August 6
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Southwest Regional Library, 3650 Shannon Rd.
Cost: Free and open to the public

About: Durham County Library will host a discussion on The Language of Baklava, the memoir of American-Jordanian author Diana Abu-Jaber, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 6, at the Southwest Regional Library, 3650 Shannon Rd.

In her book, Abu-Jaber explores her dual heritage and tells the story of her family through recollections of meals and food preparation. The discussion will be led by Dr. Miriam Cooke, professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University and a specialist in modern Arabic literature.

Cooke specializes in contemporary Arabic culture and literature and Islamic feminism. She has done extensive research on female Muslim writers and has more recently written about women and the conflict in the Middle East.

This event is part of Muslim Journeys, a series of programs and a collection of 25 books selected to help public audiences in the United States become more familiar with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims around the world and within the U.S. This program is sponsored by Durham Library Foundation. For more information, please call 919-560-8648 or visit

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit

Contact: Gina Rozier
919-560-0151 or


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