Author of “When the Apricots Bloom,” former Diplomatic spouse in Iraq & foreign correspondent
Thursday, June 3 at 6 p.m. Eastern Time
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AAFSW cordially invites you to join us for a fascinating talk with Gina Wilkinson via Zoom from Australia about her book entitled “When the Apricots Bloom”. Gina will entertain us with stories of her mesmerizing life in Iraq, on Tuesday, June 3 at 6:00 p.m. Eastern standard Time.
Inspired by her experiences while in Baghdad under Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship, “When the Apricots Bloom” is told through the eyes of three vastly different women in Iraq at the turn of the millennium. A secretary, an artist, and a diplomat’s wife, each must confront the complexities of trust, friendship, and motherhood under a dictator and his ruthless secret police. It is a moving, compelling story, but I also feel it is an important book for people to read at this moment in time. The novel takes readers to a place more relatable and far different from what most Americans have seen on the news. It’s a book with the power – in a world of terrorism, Islamophobia, and hate – to look past stereotypes of Arabs and Muslims, and illustrate how most people, wherever they are, want the same thing.
We look forward to seeing you.
AAFSW Program Chair
Additional information about the author:
Gina Wilkinson is an award-winning journalist, author, former foreign correspondent, and documentary maker who’s reported from some of the world’s most intriguing and perilous places for the BBC, NPR, APC, and other renowned public broadcasters. Visit her site online: www.GinaWilkinson.net.