Trent Reedy and Jawad Arash
Spokane writer Trent Reedy, author of a number of YA and middle-reader novels, and Afghan writer and teacher Jawad Arash - who still lives and teaches there - have collaborated on a new, co-written novel, Enduring Freedom (Workman). This is not the first time the two have partnered on a book project, as Trent Reedy drew on Jawad Arash’s story for an award-winning middle-reader novel, Words in the Dust. This story, of a young Afghan man who suddenly finds his life and already besieged country engulfed by yet more war, and a young U.S. man whose aspiration to be a journalist get upended by being dispatched to Afghanistan, is one of seeking to learn about commonalities and differences in being human, even under traumatic circumstances.
“A touching tale of understanding and friendship . . . The message of education as a vehicle for progress and dismantling hatred is one that will strike a chord with readers.”— Kirkus Reviews.
Please to note: because of present circumstances in Afghanistan, Jawad Arash will be joining by audio link only. Why this is, and the situation there now will likely be part of the conversation here.