DIA Author Reading: Anan Ameri's The Scent of Jasmine

Jul 09, 2017

2:00 PM

Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202

Born to a Syrian mother and a Palestinian father in 1944, Anan Ameri’s refreshing memoir, The Scent of Jasmine, offers a funny, spirited, unique self-portrait of her childhood, adolescence and passage to adulthood as a young woman in the Arab world. A collection of twenty-three vignettes, Anan’s search for the familiar fragrance of jasmine blossoms leads her to reimagine the puzzle pieces of her early life. While these stories—creative nonfictions—reverberate with the impact of enormous political upheavals and conflicts, The Scent of Jasmine demonstrates how the intricate bonds of family, community and place can nourish in us the creative capacity together to reimagine and repair our world.

Author, educator and activist Anan Ameri has advocated for immigrant voices and rights in the U.S. for more than four decades. She is the founding director of the Palestine Aid Society of America and the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. In 2016 she was inducted to Michigan’s Hall of Fame. She currently resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan..

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