Literature for Lunch

Fall 2019

Exile, Refuge, Home

The Hemingway Literary Center of the English Department at Boise State University presents the theme “Exile, Refuge, Home.” Literature has frequently turned to the trope of home and exile in representing various aspects of life’s journeys. This series raises the question, “What are the meanings of ‘home’?” What can we learn about the diverse experiences of exile, diaspora, finding refuge, and seeking, creating, and defining home from reading narratives of departure, return, displacement, and discovery?

Please join us to explore these questions through four contemporary novels and conversation at Lit for Lunch, and join us for author talks, panel discussions, performances and more this year through the Hemingway Literary Center.

Friday, September 20. Rajia Hassib, A Pure Heart

Friday, October 11. Viet Than Nguyen, The Refugees

Friday, November 8. Mohsin Hamid, Exit West

Friday, December 6. Kao Kalia Yang, The Latehomecomer

Book discussions are held at the Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., from 12:10 to 1 p.m., in the Bingham Room (3rd floor) and are free and open to the public. Books are available at Rediscovered Books on 8th street between Main and Idaho which gives a 10% discount and at the BSU Bookstore in the Student Union Building (208-426-1362), which gives a 25% discount. For more information, contact BSU English Professor Cheryl Hindrichs, 208-901-5500.