Introducing the Bryant Reading Roundtable


The Bryant Reading Roundtable : A Community Book Club
(Sponsored by the Diversity Council of Champions)

We invite all interested members of our communityto participate in The Bryant Reading Roundtable. The inaugural reading will be “Chicago” by Alaa Al Aswany. The book will be available for purchase in the Bryant Bookstore beginning in January. Additionally, there is currently are two copies currently available through HELIN.

It is our hope that this new club will enable open discussions regarding the understanding, promotion, and celebration of our global society. Please start reading and inform your friends and colleagues. Our first meeting will be held on February 26th at 4:30 pm in Gulski.  Happy Reading!

Description –

The author of the highly-acclaimed The Yacoubian Building returns with a story of love, sex, friendship, hatred, and ambition set in Chicago with a cast of American and Arab characters achingly human in their desires and needs.

Egyptian and American lives collide on a college campus in post-9ll Chicago, and crises of identity abound in this extraordinary and eagerly anticipated new novel from Alaa al Aswany. Among the players are a sixties-style antiestablishment professor whose relationship with a younger African American woman becomes a moving target for intolerance; a veiled PhD candidate whose conviction in the principles of her traditional upbringing is shaken by her exposure to American society; an emigre whose fervent desire to embrace his American identity is tested when he is faced with the issue of his daughter’s “honor”; an Egyptian informant who spouts religious doctrines while hankering after money and power; and a dissident student poet who comes to America to finance his literary aspirations, but whose experience in Chicago turns out to be more than he bargained for.

Populated by a cast of intriguing, true-to-life characters, Chicago offers an illuminating portrait of America–a complex, often contradictory land in which triumph and failure, opportunity and oppression, licentiousness and tender love, small dramas and big dreams coexist. Beautifully rendered, Chicago is a powerfully engrossing novel of culture and individuality from one of the most original voices in contemporary world literature.