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The Harold Washington Literary Award
is being conferred upon

Rabih Alameddine

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Cocktails: 6 p.m.
Presentation & Dinner: 7 pm.
Union League Club of Chicago, Main Dining Room
65 W. Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60604

Rabih Alameddine is a Lebanese-American painter and writer. He was born in Amman, Jordan to Lebanese Druze parents. He grew up in Kuwait and Lebanon which he left at age 17 to live first in England and then California. A lover of mathematics, he earned a degree in engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles and a Master of Business in San Francisco. Mr. Alameddine began his career as an engineer later moving to writing and painting. He is the author of five novels: Koolaids: The Art of War (1998), I the Divine (2001), The Hakawati (2008), An Unnecessary Woman (2014), and the Angel of History (2016) as well as The Perv: Stories (1999), a collection of short stories, and is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002. Eight years of intensive work produced The Hakawati, which has received critical acclaim and has been translated into ten languages. He was a 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award finalist and received the 2014 California Book Awards Gold Medal (Fiction) both for his work An Unnecessary Woman. He is the recipient of the 2017 Arab American Book Award for The Angel of History, as well as the 2017 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Fiction for the same novel. Mr. Alameddine divides his time between San Francisco and Beirut..

The Harold Washington Literary gala is the major fundraising event of the Near South Planning Board (NSPB). The event helps fund NSPB’s literacy programs such as Authors in the Schools, an exciting and innovative literacy program developed to enrich the curriculum and encourage reading and creative writing in Chicago’s elementary, inner-city schools. For 2018, AIS will offer the program to approximately 1,500 students in 20 elementary schools, with over 18,000 students served since its inception in 1997. The program has grown from serving six schools at the 3rd grade level to nineteen last year and now includes a 6th grade, 2-day writing program for some, and a new 3rd grade Spanish workshop for select schools, thanks in part to our many corporate “Angels.”
Recipients of this prestigious award are selected by a cross-cultural committee of representatives from Chicago's literary community.

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