IFOA and University of Regina Press invite you to the release of Being Kurdish in a Hostile World by Ayub Nuri, as part of the Toronto Lit Up book launch series.
“In Being Kurdish in a Hostile World, Ayub Nuri writes of growing up during the Iran-Iraq War, of Saddam Hussein’s chemical attack that killed thousands in Nuri’s home town of Halabja, of civil war, of living in refugee camps, and of years of starvation that followed the UN’s sanctions…Nuri recounts living through the 2003 American invasion and the collapse of Hussein’s totalitarian rule, and how, for a brief period, he felt optimism for the future. Then came bloody sectarian violence, and recently, the harrowing ascent of ISIS, which Nuri reported from Mosul.”
Toronto Lit Up is a three year initiative, spearheaded by the Toronto Arts Council and IFOA, designed to spotlight Toronto’s writers and empower local artists with career-building opportunities.
Ayub Nuri is a Canadian-Kurdish journalist. He has worked as a war correspondent and political writer since 2003, covering the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the insurgency, and the war against ISIS. He has a B.A. in global politics and a master's degree in journalism. He was born and raised in Halabja, Kurdistan. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Time magazine, the BBC, the Washington Post, the Toronto Star, and Rudaw Media Network. He has taught journalism at the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) in Iraq and held the position of writer-in-residence at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and George Brown College in Toronto.