*TONIGHT* Dimitri Nasrallah launches The Bleeds

Please join us for an evening of conversation, reading, and book signing as we celebrate the launch of award-winning author Dimitri Nasrallah's latest novel, The Bleeds. The evening will be hosted by Christopher DiRaddo.

About the novel:
From the author of the acclaimed Niko comes an allegory of power and privilege resurrected from the thwarted ideals of the Arab Spring. In The Bleeds, Nasrallah overturns the political thriller to focus on the corroded power structures framing the lives of those most affected by war and insurrection.

For half a century, the Bleeds have ruled with an iron fist. Once hailed as the founders of an independence movement, they’ve long since cemented into corrupt autocrats upheld by the foreign investors who manage their region’s uranium trade. The aging Mustafa Bleed orchestrated the election of his son, Vadim, but Vadim’s first term has proven he’s more interested in the casinos of Monaco than his new role as leader. Now that an election has set the stage for revolt, opposition leaders, foreign diplomats, and journalists are fomenting a revolution against the Bleeds. All the while, father and son grapple with bonds of love, loyalty, betrayal, and paranoia.

About the author:
Born in Beirut during Lebanon's civil war, Dimitri Nasrallah moved to Canada in 1988. His second novel, Niko, won the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, and was longlisted for CBC’s Canada Reads and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and has gone on to critical and commercial success in French. His debut, Blackbodying, won the McAuslan First Book Prize and was a finalist for the Grand prix du livre de Montréal. Fiction editor for Véhicule Press's Esplanade Books imprint since 2014, he is currently translating Éric Plamondon's 1984 Trilogy from French to English. The Bleeds is his third novel.

About the host:
Christopher DiRaddo is the author of The Geography of Pluto. He has also published four short stories in anthologies by Arsenal Pulp Press, including the Lambda Literary Award-winning First Person Queer. He is the founder and host of The Violet Hour reading series.

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