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The Alignist: Explore the World One Novel at a Time

The Alignist: Explore the World One Novel at a Time

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Overview

If journalism sheds light on the nature and circumstances of a time and place, fiction immerses you on a visceral journey through the lived experience. WNYC reporter Beenish Ahmed facilitates this experience by transporting readers to different corners of the world with The Alignist, a curated subscription box exploring novels from across the world and the countries they come from.

Now, Beenish is taking The Alignist out of the box with a live event series at the Greene Space. In each event, she’ll lead an exploration of a country through the lens of one novel and gather chefs, curators, authors and more to share incredible stories, performances, food and conversation. (Reading the assigned novel in advance of the events is highly recommended, but not at all required to enjoy the show.)

Upcoming Events

Surviving a Colombian Drug War

The Alignist: Explore the World One Novel at a Time

Explore Colombia through the book The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez. We’ll talk about the rise of drug smuggling and how the United States’ approach to border control is still informed by that infamous time.

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Rwanda on the Verge of Genocide

The Alignist: Explore the World One Novel at a Time

Twenty five years after one of the most devastating genocides in history, explore Rwanda through the lens of the book Our Lady of the Nile by Scholastique Mukasonga. We’ll talk about the racial tensions and post-colonial political landscape that turned neighbor against neighbor, schoolchild against schoolchild.

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