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Author Diana Abu-Jaber in Manzanita

Living life ‘without a recipe’

Published on October 18, 2017 4:13PM

Last changed on October 19, 2017 10:11AM

Diana Abu-Jaber,

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Diana Abu-Jaber,

Diana Abu-Jaber will read from her latest book, “Life Without a Recipe,” at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m.

Abu-Jaber’s new culinary memoir, “Life Without A Recipe,” has been described as “a book of love, death, and cake.”

Abu-Jaber was born in Syracuse, New York, to an American mother and a Jordanian father. Her family moved to Jordan a few times throughout her childhood, and elements of both her American and Jordanian experiences, as well as cross-cultural issues, especially culinary reflections, appear in her work.

Her novels and a previous memoir have won numerous awards, including the Arab-American National Book Award, the PEN Center Award for literary fiction, the American Book Award, the Northwest Booksellers’ Award and the Oregon Book Award for Literary Fiction. She teaches writing and literature at Portland State University and divides her time between South Florida and Portland.

Abu-Jaber will teach a writing workshop at the Hoffman Center the same day from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This workshop will look at ways to write life stories by peering through the culinary lens.

The Manzanita Writers’ Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center, across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Avenue. Further information is available at


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