Akhtar to speak at 2103 ASU convocation

Q&A with Pulitzer Prize winner at Watauga County Library

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Appalachian State University’s fall convocation will be held Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 10 a.m. in the Holmes Convocation Center on campus.

This year’s speaker is Ayad Akhtar, author of “American Dervish,” the university’s 2013 Summer Reading Program selection. Akhtar will participate in a panel discussion following convocation beginning at 2 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Blue Ridge Ballroom.

Akhtar won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

He also will open the university’s Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series with a 7:30 p.m. reading, also in Blue Ridge Ballroom. The reading is a joint presentation with the university’s Summer Reading Program. Book sales and signing will follow the reading.

Akhtar also will participate in a reading, question and answer session and book signing Sept. 11 at 10:45 a.m. at the Watauga County Library, sponsored by Watauga Reads!

Admission to all events is free and the public is welcome.

“American Dervish” centers on one family’s struggle to identify both as Muslim and American, a common theme in all of Akhtar’s writings.

Akhtar was born in New York City and raised in Milwaukee, Wis. A first generation Pakistani-American, Akhtar is a graduate of Brown and Columbia universities with degrees in theater and film directing. Since the 1990s, he has been a resident of New York City.


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