NYT’s Rod Nordland to speak at Montclair Library

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and New York Times Kabul Bureau Chief Rod Nordland will discuss his new book, The Lovers: Afghanistan’s Romeo and Juliet from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11 as part of the Montclair Public Library’s Open Books, Open Mind series. The event is free, but you need to pre-register either by calling 973-744-0500 X2235 or clicking here.
Norland’s book tells the story of Zakia and Ali, two neighbors from rival Afghan tribes who defied civil and Islamic law, and their families, by daring to get married. As a result, they had to flee the threat of honor killing.  George Packer says of the book, “This unblinking portrait of love and injustice somehow encompasses Afghanistan’s recent tragedy,” while Judith Thurman has called it, “a searing analysis of endemic gender terrorism.”  Rod Nordland will discuss human rights in Afghanistan, as well as the impact of the U.S. policy in the country with Montclair’s Marc Lacey, Weekend Editor for the New York Times, and a former foreign editor and correspondent. Nordland, who has reported from 150 countries, has won two George Polk Awards and six Overseas Press Club awards.

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