A READING WITH AUTHOR MARCELLO DICINTO
*Finalist for the 2012 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing*
=> This is a free event. Books will be available for purchase.
Walls: Travels Along the Barricades tells the stories of those who live on the world’s hardened edges, in the shadows of walls in the Western Sahara, Israel/Palestine, Belfast, on the U.S.-Mexico border, or in the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla. Join award-winning writer Marcello DiCinto on February 26 for a reading book launch.
About the book:
“In this ambitious blend of travel and reportage, Marcello Di Cintio travels to the world’s most disputed edges to meet the people who live alongside the razor wire and answer the question: What does it mean to live against the walls?
Di Cintio shares tea with Saharan refugees on the wrong side of Morocco’s desert wall. He meets with Punjabi migrants who have circumvented the fencing around the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. He visits fenced-in villages in northeast India, walks Arizona’s migrant trails, and travels to Palestinian villages to witness the protests against Israel’s security barrier.
From Native American reservations on the US-Mexico border and the “Great Wall of Montreal” to Cyprus’s divided capital and the Peace Lines of Belfast, Di Cintio seeks to understand what these structures say about those who build them and how they influence the cultures that they surround. Some walls define “us” from “them” with medieval clarity. Some walls encourage fear or feed hate. Others kill. And every wall inspires its own subversion, whether by the infiltrators who dare to go over, under or around them, or by the artists who transform them.”
=> Sponsored by Briarpatch Magazine, the Regina Public Interest Research Group, and the Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation