Join us for the first-ever “Abu Dhabi Reads” event!

“Abu Dhabi Reads” is very simple: come together as a community to read, enjoy, and think about a shared book.

For our inaugural program, our readers chose Life of Pi by Yann Martel. (Thank you to everyone who participate in our poll!)  This novel, which won the Man Booker Prize in 2002, tells the story of Piscine Molitor Patel — Pi, for short — who is shipwrecked in the Indian Ocean with only a Bengal Tiger for company.  What happens to Pi, and the tiger, will linger in your mind long after you’ve finished the book.

You can get a copy of this wonderful, thought-provoking novel from Magrudy’s and at other bookstores around the Emirates that sell English-language books. It’s also available on Kindle at

Spend the rest of October reading the novel, and then join us for a free public discussion from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on November 1 at the NYU Abu Dhabi Downtown Campus.  Refreshments will be served.

So grab a copy, tell a friend, get reading, and join us for we trust will be a lively conversation about the novel. Check back here each Sunday before the event for commentary on the novel and questions for thought. Electra Street will also host commentary after our live event for readers who want to participate but aren’t able to attend on November 1.

Refreshments will be served, so please click here to RSVP on the Institute’s website.

Readers are invited to participate in our pre-event online forum, “Life of Pi: Food for Thought.” Click here and leave a comment. You’ll be entered in a drawing for movie passes.

(The image above is taken from the publicity poster for Ang Lee’s 3D film adaptation of the novel, which premiered at the New York Film Festival on 28 September, opens in the US on November 21, and in Abu Dhabi on December 20.)