EVENT OVERVIEW: Haroon K. Ullah will present his New Book,The Bargain from the Bazaar: A Family's Day of Reckoning in Lahore. This Event is Co-Sponsored by Rainy Day Books, Saint Andrew Christian Church and The International Relations Council of Kansas City (IRC) .
ABOUT HAROON K. ULLAH: Haroon K. Ullah grew up in a small farming community in Washington State and after graduating from Whitman College went on to Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He was then hand-selected by Richard Holbrooke for his policy team on Pakistan and Afghanistan and currently serves on Secretary Kerry's Policy Planning Staff at the U.S. State Department, where he focuses on public diplomacy and countering violent extremism.
ABOUT The Bargain from the Bazaar: A Family's Day of Reckoning in Lahore, $25.99 Hardcover, ISBN 9781610391665: In this breathtaking, atmospheric narrative, Haroon K. Ullah bewitches us with the story of one ordinary middle-class family in Pakistan, who is suddenly caught up in the extraordinary challenges facing the country today. His incredible story-telling and reporting has received incredible praise from Malala Yousafzai and her father, Eboo Patel, Reza Aslan, Jared Cohen, Peter Bergen, Strobe Talbott and starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus.
Awais Reza is a shopkeeper in Lahore's Anarkali Bazaar the largest open market in South Asia whose labyrinthine streets teem with shoppers, rickshaws, and cacophonous music. But Anarkali's exuberant hubbub cannot conceal the fact that Pakistan is a country at the edge of a precipice. In recent years, the easy sociability that had once made up this vibrant community has been replaced with doubt and fear. Old-timers like Awais, who inherited his shop from his father and hopes one day to pass it on to his son, are being shouldered aside by easy money, discount stores, heroin peddlers, and the tyranny of fundamentalists. Every night before Awais goes to bed, he plugs in his cell phone and hopes. He hopes that the city will not be plunged into a blackout, that the night will remain calm, that the following morning will bring affluent and happy customers to his shop and, most of all, that his three sons will safely return home. Each of the boys, though, has a very different vision of their, and Pakistan's, future.
The Bargain from the Bazaar is the product of 8 Years of field research and is an intimate window into ordinary middle-class lives caught in the maelstrom of a nation falling to pieces. It's an absolutely compelling portrait of a family at risk from a violently changing world on the outside and a growing terror from within.
DATE & TIME: Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 12:15 PM. Lunch will be avaialble at 12:15 PM for Individuals with a suggested $5.00 Donation and for Families with a suggested $15.00 Donation. Haroon K. Ullah will begin speaking at 1:00 PM.
LOCATION: Saint Andrew Christian Church, 13890 W 127th Street, Olathe, Kansas 66062. Due to current Road construction Saint Andrew Christian Church is only accessible from the intersection of S Black Bob Road & W 127th Street. Even though there are “Road Closed” Signs posted, the Church is accessible.
EVENT FORMAT: Lunch will be avaialble at 12:15 PM for Individuals with a suggested $5.00 Donation and for Families with a suggested $15.00 Donation. At 1:00 PM, Haroon K. Ullah will discuss his New Book The Bargain from the Bazaar and answer audience questions. A Booksigning will follow the discussion.
ADMISSION PACKAGE: This is a Complimentary OPEN HOUSE Event. Reservations are requested, so please call Saint Andrew Christian Church at 913-764-5888 with the number of people in your party that will be attending.
Rainy Day Books will have The Bargain from the Bazaar: A Family's Day of Reckoning in Lahore, $25.99 Hardcover, ISBN 9781610391665 for Sale at this Event.
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