Virtual Book Club: The Last Watchman of Old CairoDate: April 15, 2021Time: 7:30 pm
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Virtual Book Club
The Last Watchman of Old Cairo: A Novel
Discussion with author Michael David Lukas at 7:30 pm
Breakout book discussions: 8 pm
When a mysterious package arrives containing ancient parchment, the son of a Jewish mother and a Muslim father leaves his Berkley studies to unearth the storied past shaping both lines of his heritage. This winner of the National Jewish Book Award in Fiction blends history and mystery to illuminate family secrets, forbidden love, religious tension and the soul of a great Egyptian city.
Michael David Lukas has been a Fulbright Scholar in Turkey, a night-shift proofreader in Tel Aviv, a student at the American University of Cairo, and a waiter at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Vermont. His second novel, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo, won the National Jewish Book Award, the ALA’s Sophie Brody Medal, the Sami Rohr Prize, and the Prix Interallié. A graduate of Brown University and the University of Maryland, he is a recipient of scholarships from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Summer Writers’ Institute, and the Elizabeth George Foundation. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Slate, National Geographic Traveler, and Georgia Review. He lives in Oakland and teaches at San Francisco State University.