Join us for a reading and conversation with author Helon Habila for his book Travelers. Following the Q&A and signing will be themed literary cocktails in the Reading Room. Get tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/helon-habila-and-his-book-travelers-reading-signing-tickets-61961213658
In TRAVELERS, internationally acclaimed writer Helon Habila delivers a beautifully sculpted work of fiction that examines the lives of "travelers"—self-willed exiles and refugees alike.
Accompanying his wife on a prestigious arts fellowship in Berlin, a Nigerian scholar finds there are no walls between his privileged, secure existence and the stories of other Africans on the move: among them: a transgender film student seeking the freedom to live an authentic life; a Libyan doctor who lost his wife and son in the waters of the Mediterranean; a Somalian shopkeeper who tried to save his young daughter from a marriage forced on her by an al-Shabab commander.
His sense of identity begins to dissolve as he can no longer separate himself from others’ horrors, and he realizes he is inextricably connected to those lives that have touched his. From a Berlin nightclub to a refugee deportation camp in Sicily to the London apartment of a Malawian poet, his empathy with the lives of other “travelers” brings him to a new journey, a reverse migration in pursuit of the universal dream of love and home.
Helon Habila is the author of three previous novels, including Oil on Water, which was shortlisted for the Orion Book Award and the PEN Open Book Award, and one book of nonfiction, The Chibok Girls.He studied literature at the University of Jos in Nigeria and creative writing at the University of East Anglia, UK. He was named the first Chinua Achebe Fellow at Bard College. During his fellowship, he wrote and taught at Bard. He teaches creative writing at George Mason University and lives in Centreville, Virginia, with his wife and two children.