Posts Tagged 'Children of Dust'

‘Children of Dust’ traces roots of Eteraz’s skeptical relationship with Islam

‘Children of Dust’ traces roots of Eteraz’s skeptical relationship with Islam

Ali Eteraz’s memoir, Children of Dust: A Memoir of Pakistan, chronicles the author’s journey from his dedication to Islam as a child in Pakistan to his coming of age as a Muslim-American — but don’t call it his life story.

“I am hardly old enough or interesting enough to tell my life story,” Eteraz said. “Children of Dust is only about a first-generation immigrant’s evolving, sometimes loving, often skeptical, relationship to Islam and Muslims.”

Eteraz, whose book is the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selection for Week Five, will be speaking on the “nexus of immigration and Islam” at 3:30 p.m. today in the Hall of Philosophy, which complements the morning lecture platform theme of “Pakistan: Straddling the Boundary Between Asia and the Middle East.”

2012 CLSC book choices showcase unique characters

2012 CLSC book choices showcase unique characters

The 2012 Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle books follow two themes: the weekly morning lecture platform and their own season-long “characters.”

“We try very hard to have a group of books that reflect different genres, and a variety of authors, and to offer books that Chautauquans can connect to the weekly theme,” said Sherra Babcock, director of the Department of Education. “In addition, this year’s ‘vertical theme,’ connecting all the books, is ‘characters,’ reflecting writing with strong character development.”