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Novelist and forthcoming Guernica interviewee Ahdaf Soueif will be hosting a lecture on the Egyptian revolution tonight (March 8) at Columbia University. The lecture—held at Columbia’s Altschul Auditorium—details her in-person observations regarding the developments in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. The event begins at 8:30 p.m. and is free to the public.

Soueif, an Egyptian native, is the author of the Man Booker-nominated novel The Map of Love.

Guernica’s next issue includes an interview with Sueif, in which she discusses Egypt pre- and-post revolution, and the moment when the people “knew [revolution] had to happen”: “We saw the wall of smoke and flames that was preventing our access to Tahrir and realized that it was war, and that everybody knew it, and there was no question that anybody was going to turn back, and that simply by being there you were a part of that, and you were carried along by it.”

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