HOME Book Discussion Group: Emmanuel Mbolela's Refugee: A Memoir

Repeats every day until Thu Jun 24 2021 . Also includes Thu Jul 29 2021, Thu Aug 19 2021.
June 24, 2021 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
July 29, 2021 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
August 19, 2021 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm


Click here to download our reading guide.

3 sessions:
Thursday, June 24, 2021
Thursday, July 29, 2021
Thursday, August 19, 2021

Fee: Free.
Registration: This discussion takes place via Zoom; advance registration required. Click here to register.

Lynden and the HOME Refugee Steering Committee begin the new year by launching a book discussion group for those interested in firsthand accounts of displacement. We will consider works of non-fiction, including autobiographical and semi-autobiographical works, by writers who have faced or are facing forced displacement as refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants. Where stories of persecution, historical trauma, and loss of livelihood are effortlessly conveyed by storytellers, journalists, and humanitarians who search out or stumble upon the lives of refugees, we seek out the words of those to whom these stories belong: the narrators who are the closest to their own stories, and the stories of their people, friends, family and, of course, refugees.

We encourage you to read each book in advance (see information below on acquiring the current selection). Then join us for a virtual discussion moderated by Lynden’s Kim Khaira. We expect the group to meet bimonthly, and we will be seeking the input of group members on titles to consider in the future.

We continue the series with Emmanuel Mbolela's Refugee: A Memoir (2021). Originally published in German, Mbolela, a notable Congolese activist and advocate of refugee issues in Germany, tells his personal story, having gone through the journey that refugees and those that face forced displacement know too well. He carries the reader through his direct experience of human trafficking and deplorable living conditions, and questions the harrowing experience that refugees face in the search of finding asylum. Mbolela's work, deemed both personal and collective, provides an individual perspective and a critical global outlook to the lives of refugees around the world.

As part of our HOME work at Lynden, we are making the book available without charge to book discussion group participants. If you would like us to purchase a copy of the book for you, please indicate this when completing the registration form. We will contact you when the book is available and you will be able to pick it up at the Lynden Sculpture Garden, 2145 West Brown Deer Road, Milwaukee, WI 53217.

If you prefer to support your local public library by borrowing the book, you can find Milwaukee County libraries here or other local libraries here. If you would like to purchase the book yourself, Boswell Books will be offering it at a 10% discount to book group participants. The book can be purchased at the store (you will find it among the book club selections) or on the Boswell website with the 10% book club discount already applied. We will post that link as soon as we have it. Please check Boswell’s website to check the availability of the book, and to confirm hours and delivery options.

Dina Nayeri's The Ungrateful Refugee: What Immigrants Never Tell You January-February 2021
Kao Kalia Yang's Somewhere in the Unknown World: A Collective Refugee Memoir March-May 2021

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