October 2012

Here at Electra Street, we’re gearing up for the first “Abu Dhabi Reads” event, which will be held at NYUAD’s Downtown Campus on Thursday, November 1 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The program is co-sponsored by the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute. Yann Martel’s novel Life of Pi out polled the two other finalists, Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 and Keija Parssinen’s The Ruins of Us. We’ll put those two back in the hopper for our spring program, along with other titles suggested by our readers and by participants at the “Reads” event.┬áThere’s a notice about the event in our Progressions section, and you can click here to RSVP on the Institute’s website. Please do RSVP if you think you might attend, so we know how many hors d’oeuvres to order!

Leave a question or a comment in our “Life of Pi: Food for Thought” forum, and you’ll be entered into a drawing for movie passes. No spoilers please!

The slideshow features an image by Yzabelle Wuthrich. We are grateful to the artist for permission to reproduce it here and in our publicity for the “Abu Dhabi Reads” event.

Meanwhile, in Avenues, we feature an interview with photographer Nadia Benchallal, and Norina Miszori gives us a preview of Theater Mitu’s production of August Strindberg’s 1901 drama A Dream Play. Progressions features our Life of Pi series but also begins a series devoted to the work of Indian filmmaker Shyam Benegal. And, in On Location,┬áJamie Sutherland reflects on Shakespearean motifs at the opening ceremony of this summer’s Olympics in London.

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