The People Smuggler

AWARD winning author, Robin de Crespigny will be speaking about her critically acclaimed book, The People Smuggler: The True Story of Ali Al Jenabi at Bermagui and Narooma Library’s during May.

Robin de Crespigny won the Queensland Literary Award 2012 and the 25th Human Rights Award for Literature for The People Smuggler.

The People Smuggler is the compelling account of an Iraqi refugee who became a people smuggler to save his family.

The book is a non-fiction thriller that tells a gripping story of betrayal, triumph, misfortune and heroism. 

Ali’s journey spans two continents, at least six countries, military conflicts, illegal border crossings, imprisonments and desperate escapes via mountain treks and ships on high seas.

Robin researched the book for three years travelling to Indonesia where she spent hundreds of hours in conversations with Ali himself.  The result is an honest and true portrayal of this extraordinary tale.

As well as speaking about the story, Robin will discuss how, when and why she came to the project, her writing process and her experience working with Ali as a white Western woman. 

Join Robin as she discusses her fascinating book at Bermagui Library on Tuesday, May 7 at 12noon and at Narooma Library on Friday, May 10 at 12noon.

Bermagui Library will also have Greens candidate Catherine Moore continuing her Conversations series about a number of topics including climate change, nuclear issues, forestry and economics.

“I'm really looking forward to the 2013 series, which will largely focus on conversations with women,” Catherine said.

To book for these free events phone Bermagui Library on 6499 2411 or Narooma Library on 4476 1164.

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