The language and literature department at EMU will hold its second Writers Read program of the year Thursday, Oct. 13.

Renown author and artist Sehba Sarwar, will read from her works following the dinner at 5:30 p.m. in Martin Chapel of the seminary building at EMU. Several of the author’s books will be available for purchase. A book signing and short question and answer session with the author will follow the dinner.

Sarwar is a writer, multidisplinary artist and activist, currently based in Houston, Texas, where she serves as founding director of Voices Breaking Boundaries (VBB), and is an active voice at KPFT Pacifica Radio 90.1 FM.

She has continued to teach writing and multidisciplinary arts workshops at all levels, in both Pakistan and in the United States. Sarwar has moved between the city of her birth Karachi, Pakistan, to her adopted city, Houston, Texas where she has recreated a community similar to the one in which she was raised. Her writings have appeared in anthologies, newspapers, and magazines in India, Pakistan, and the U.S., and her work (writings, installations and videos) explores displacement and women’s issues between South Asia and the U.S.

Sarwar is the author of the novel Black Wings, and her short stories have appeared in Muneeza Shamsie’s 2008 anthology of Pakistani women writers And The World Changed and in Neither Night Nor Day. Her essays have appeared in publications including The News on Sunday, The New York Times’ Sunday Magazine and Callaloo.

Writers Read, a program sponsored by the EMU language and literature department, is a special dinner event featuring authors who read from and comment on their work.

Tickets and reservations -- CALL FOR RESERVATIONS BY FRIDAY 10/7.

Reserve tickets online or by calling the language & literature department at 540-432-4168.