Saturday, October 15, 2022

Kan Zaman - by Judith Mansour (CC#120)

Crisis Chronicles Press is thrilled to announce the publication of Kan Zaman, a stirring memoir in poetry and prose by Judith Mansour. Mansour, a native of Youngstown, Ohio, walks the minefield of grief and nostalgia in her first full-length collection. Soot-covered porches from the once-booming steel industry of the Mahoning Valley are the backdrop for visceral, playful and devastating memories.

The title, Kan Zaman, is Arabic for "a long time ago"
— often used to mean once upon a time or way back when. Apropos for this collection born of losing people Mansour loved and who shaped who she is.

Kan Zaman is 66 pp, 5.5" x 8.5", perfect bound, with color and b/w photos. Cover painting by Joe Geha. Design by Tim Lachina. ISBN: 979-8-88596-994-9. Available for $15 beginning 5 November 2022 from our friends at Mac's Backs Books on Coventry in Cleveland Heights or directly from Crisis Chronicles Press, 535 Parkside Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44143 USA.

Read Charlotte Morgan's interview with Judith Mansour about Kan Zaman at FreshWater Cleveland.

Meet the author at our book release event on November 5th 2022, 6:30 pm, at Beaumont School in Cleveland Heights.

"Judith Mansour’s Kan Zaman is an irresistible evocation of the Lebanese household she grew up in. This magical book is both a love poem to her family and an invitation for all of us to revisit our childhood, that paradise to which we can only return through memory. Mansour’s writing, by turns both sensual and hauntingly lyrical, is as welcoming as a warm kitchen on a winter night."
"True to her title, Mansour evokes the very aromas and tastes of the past, the losses and the joys of how things once were. Beautifully blending poetry and prose, she portrays the struggles inherent in family and culture."
—Joe Geha, author of Kitchen Arabic

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