What We Are Reading Today: Five Days at Memorial

Updated 10 August 2019

What We Are Reading Today: Five Days at Memorial

Author: Sheri Fink

This book is a devastating account of what happened at a hospital in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina hit
in 2005.
Physician and reporter Sheri Fink spent years reporting on this story and her writing “is strong, filled with grim details and dreadful scenes,” said a review in goodreads.com.
“In the tradition of the best investigative journalism, Fink reconstructs five days at the medical center and draws the reader into the lives of those who struggled mightily to survive and to maintain life amid chaos,” said the review.
It said Fink’s epilogue “highlights the lessons learned, if any, from what the hospitals in New Orleans faced after Katrina.
Fink is a fellow at the New America Foundation. A former relief worker in disaster and conflict zones, she received her M.D. and Ph.D. from Stanford University.
Her first book, War Hospital: A True Story of Surgery and Survival (Public Affairs), is about medical professionals under siege during the genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina.


Award-winning writers coming to Dubai for Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

British author Nadiya Hussain among guests at the 2020 Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. (Photo: AFP)
Updated 13 November 2019

Award-winning writers coming to Dubai for Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

  • The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is back, and it’s bigger than ever
  • The literature event will bring together an array of celebrated names in the literature world under one roof

DUBAI: The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is back, and it’s bigger than ever. Kicking off on Feb. 4 until 9 at the InterContinental, Dubai Festival City, the annual event has an exciting program lined up for the region’s bookworms.

The festival will bring together an array of celebrated names in the literature world under one roof, including TV presenter, cook and bestselling author Nadiya Hussain, explorer Ranulph Fiennes, visual artist and children’s book author, Oliver Jeffers and TV astronomer and space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock. What’s more, the UAE’s first Emirati astronaut Hazzaa AlMansouri will also make an appearance.

Ahlam Bolooki, the festival director for the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature said in an official press statement: “With the stellar line-up for the 2020 Festival, there is no better place to search for the answers, whatever your question may be. We have writers to entertain, inspire, challenge and excite people from all walks of life and of all ages.”

Tickets will be on sale to the public from Nov. 14.