Abrams & Chronicle Books Unveil Refugee Week 2018 Activity


Abrams & Chronicle Books have teamed up with JackArts and Counterpoint Arts (the coordinators of Refugee Week) to unveil a creative billboard outside London Bridge, marking Refugee Week 2018 (18-24 June). The billboard incorporates extracts from Pulitzer Prize-winner Viet Thanh Nguyen’s Introduction to the Abrams Press essay anthology THE DISPLACED: REFUGEE WRITERS ON REFUGEE LIVES. Contributors to the powerful anthology include Marina Lewycka (A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian), Dina Nayeri (Refuge) and Aleksandar Hemon (The Lazarus Project), as well as other notable writers from across the world. A percentage of proceeds will go to support the work of the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

The billboard ties into Refugee Week’s 20 #SimpleActs campaign, which includes ‘Read a book about exile’ as one of its calls to action. Waterstones have included extracts from the book on their blog, while Foyles hosted an exclusive event on 19th June with Marina Lewycka and Dina Nayeri in conversation, in conjunction with Refugee Week.

Throughout the week and beyond, events and festivals are taking place across the country. Find out more about the celebrations by following @RefugeeWeek or visiting refugeeweek.org.uk and following @abramschronicle on Twitter.

About the editor:

Viet Thanh Nguyen was born in Vietnam in 1971. After the fall of Saigon in 1975, he and his family fled to the United States. Pulitzer Prize Winning author of three books including The Sympathizer Nguyen is the Aerol Arnold Chair of English and Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at University of Southern California. He lives in Los Angeles.

About Refugee Week

Refugee Week, the UK’s largest festival celebrating the contribution of refugees, will celebrate its 20th anniversary between 18 and 24 June 2018. For two decades, the festival has brought together people of all backgrounds to celebrate the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and the welcome offered to them by British communities.

People are invited to celebrate Refugee Week’s 20th anniversary by doing one of 20 Simple Acts, which are simple actions everyone can do to stand with refugees and bring people together in their communities.

Thousands of people are expected to join Refugee Week’s 20th anniversary celebrations at hundreds of arts, cultural and educational activities across the UK.

Refugee Week is a partnership project coordinated by Counterpoints Arts. For more information on Refugee Week and Simple Acts, visit the Refugee Week website.

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