Writers Reading/Reading Writers: Téa Obreht

Performance by musical trio Rumelia starting at 5:00 pm

Artist Talk, The New Mexico History Museum Auditorium

Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 5:30–7:00 pm, FREE for SAR members • $10 for nonmembers

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Téa Obreht at the NMHM, Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Author of the National Book Award Finalist and Orange Prize-winning The Tiger’s Wife, Obreht will read from her novel and place it in conversation with the many stories from her native Serbia that weave through its pages. Signed copies of the book will be available for sale.

“[A] brilliant debut…[Téa] Obreht is an expert at depicting history through aftermath, people through the love they inspire, and place through the stories that endure; the reflected world she creates is both immediately recognizable and a legend in its own right. Obreht is talented far beyond her years, and her unsentimental faith in language, dream, and memory is a pleasure.”
Publishers Weekly

In a Balkan country mending from years of conflict, Natalia, a young doctor, arrives on a mission of mercy at an orphanage by the sea. By the time she and her lifelong friend Zóra begin to inoculate the children there, she feels age-old superstitions and secrets gathering everywhere around her. Secrets her outwardly cheerful hosts have chosen not to tell her. Secrets involving the strange family digging for something in the surrounding vineyards. Secrets hidden in the landscape itself.

Obreht’s reading will be accompanied by the Santa Fe trio Rumelia, offering folk songs from the Balkans.

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About Rumelia

Rumelia is a group of three women who are putting a new spin on music from Eastern Europe, a region generally known as the Balkans. The music is unique to the western ear in that it uses odd time signatures (think 7/8, 9/8, and 11/8 for starters), as well as eastern scales (maqam) and tonalities.
Rumelia performance, Pyramid Cafe, Los Alamos. Recorded by Jason S. Ordaz.
Rumelia’s repertoire is derived from the traditional and popular tunes of Albania, Turkey, Greece, Macedonia, and Bulgaria with a little Sefardic and a lot of Roma (Gypsy) music thrown in for good measure.

Sponsored by Lannan Foundation

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