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|SF: Floodlines and Zeitoun in Conversation|
|Date||Tuesday October 12|
|Time||7:00 PM - 9:00 PM|
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Modern Times Bookstore
888 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA
|Event Type||Panel Discussion|
Modern Times is thrilled to welcome Jordan Flaherty to launch Floodlines: Community and Resistance from New Orleans to the Jena Six, in conversation with Dave Eggers (Zeitoun), as part of San Francisco's One City One Book program! Join Eggers and Flaherty for an unforgettable conversation about the politics and culture of New Orleans pre and post Katrina.
Floodlines is a firsthand account of community, culture, and resistance in New Orleans in the years before and after Katrina. The book weaves the interconnected stories of Mardi Gras Indians, Arab and Latino immigrants, public housing residents, gay rappers, spoken word poets, victims of police brutality, out of town volunteers, and grassroots activists. From post-Katrina evacuee camps, to torture testimony at Angola Prison, to organizing with the family members of the Jena Six, Floodlines tells the stories behind the headlines, from an unforgettable time and place in history.
When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, Abdulrahman Zeitoun, a prosperous Syrian-American and father of four, chose to stay through the storm to protect his house and contracting business. In the days after, he traveled the flooded streets in a secondhand canoe, passing on supplies and helping those he could. But, on September 6, 2005, Zeitoun abruptly disappeared. Eggers’s riveting nonfiction book, three years in the making, explores Zeitoun’s roots in Syria, his marriage to Kathy—an American who converted to Islam—and their children, and the surreal atmosphere (in New Orleans and the United States generally) in which what happened to Abdulrahman Zeitoun became possible. Like What Is the What, Zeitoun was written in close collaboration with its subjects and involved vast research—in this case, in the U.S., Spain, and Syria.