Omar El Akkad is an Egyptian-born author and journalist. He has reported on current events in places all over the world, including Guantanamo Bay and Afghanistan. This Thursday, November 10th, he will be participating in the BABEL author series at Kleinhans Music Hall. His featured book, What Strange Paradise, tells the story of 9-year-old Amir, an immigrant boy who washed up on a small island after the overcrowded ship he left home on tragically sank. Through his novel, El Akkad depicts the unfortunate harshness of the immigrant process, and the world at large, through the eyes of a child. Below is a list of local organizations that strive to make the immigrant experience in WNY a little easier.
We can't wait to welcome you to BABEL on Friday, October 14th, for an evening with environmental & climate change journalist Elizabeth Kolbert. Here, you'll find FAQs for event attendance, whether in-person or virtual.
Environmental journalist Elizabeth Kolbert visits Buffalo on Friday, October 14th for a BABEL author talk at Kleinhans Music Hall. Kolbert's research and writing on species extinction is fascinating, terrifying, and absolutely necessary as we face the realities of climate change. But how do we move forward with this knowledge? How do we turn away from despair and toward action? Look to the people in our own Buffalo & Western New York community working towards environmental justice!
Stories of the Underground Railroad are essential to remembering and learning from our past, inspiring astonishing novels and inspiring action toward a more just society. Join us on April 30 for a tour of the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center after BABEL with Colson Whitehead on April 21.
Peruse some major milestones in the career of cartoonist & graphic novelist Alison Bechdel—through comics, of course!
To celebrate our March 16th BABEL author (and exercise guru!) Alison Bechdel, we’ve created a fun, quick at-home workout that will get you moving while we explore a bit of her iconic career through comic panes, articles, and short videos with Bechdel herself!