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An Evening with Tima Kurdi

March 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Join Kingston WritersFest, the Queen’s Student Experience Office, and Stauffer Library for a special offseason Queen’s Reads event featuring author Tima Kurdi as she discusses her book The Boy on the Beach.
The Boy on the Beach is an intimate and poignant memoir about the family of Alan Kurdi—a young Syrian boy who became the global emblem for the desperate plight of millions of Syrian refugees—and of the many extraordinary journeys the Kurdis have taken, spanning countries and continents. The Boy on the Beach explores newcomer experiences, the global refugee crisis, the politicization of tragedy, and the love and hope that one family shared in the face of grief and adversity.

A book signing will follow the onstage event. Books will be available for sale onsite.

Grant Hall, Queens’ University, 43 University Avenue
Wednesday, March 11
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Door $25

Advance ticket sales have now ended. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door starting at 6:30 pm. CASH ONLY

About the Author

Tima Kurdi lost nephews and sister-in-law after their ship capsized while the family was trying to flee the Syrian war. The image of the youngest, Alan, lying on a Turkish beach came to symbolize the Syrian refugee crisis. In the aftermath, Tima has become the public face of the harrowing costs of the war in Syria and has captured her experiences in the memoir, The Boy on the Beach: My Family’s Escape from Syria and Our Hope for a New Home. “One of the most important books I have ever read,” says author Amanda Lindhout, “it is both a call to action and a sobering reminder of what has already been lost.”

Tima now travels the world petitioning governments to do more to help refugees and end the war in Syria and she challenges immigration opponents who claim that limiting immigration will make Canada and the U.S. safer from terrorism. “People should understand those refugees, they’ve been forced from their country because of the war,” Tima has explained. “They are fleeing from terrorists.”

She and her brother Abdullah, Alan’s father, co-founded the Kurdi Foundation, dedicated to helping the more than 10 million refugees around the world who are younger than 18. Tima lives in Coquitlam, B.C.


March 11
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Grant Hall
43 University Avenue
Kingston, Ontario K7L3N5 Canada
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Tickets can be purchased directly from the Grand Theatre Box Office online (click the ‘Buy Now’ ticket icon), in person at 218 Princess Street, or by phone (613-530-2050) until 6 pm on Tuesday, September 24, 2019.

Ticket prices are listed as Pre-Festival (purchased by 6 pm on Tuesday, September 24), and Festival (all tickets purchased once the Festival has begun):

Regular Onstage 
General Admission $20 Adv/$22 Fest; Senior $18 Pre/$20 Fest

Festival Field Trip
General Admission $20 Adv/$22 Fest; Senior $18 Pre/$20 Fest; Student $5 Pre/ $8 Fest

Writers Retreat Classes General Admission $35 Pre/$40 Fest; Senior $32 Pre/$38 Fest

Robertson Davies Dinner, Book Lovers’ Lunch and The Long Table General Admission $45; Senior $40

Literary Pub (S)crawl General Admission $40 (includes 3 beverages; $27 (event only)

BUY 5 and SAVE – available for regular events OR Writers Retreat classes! Add EITHER 5 regular onstage OR 5 Writers Retreat tickets to your cart, change the price point to 5 AND SAVE and the discount will automatically be applied.

OFFSEASON EVENTS: View event description carefully for details on price, advance sale cut-offs, and venue.

FEES: All ticket prices include HST. Please be advised that the Grand Theatre Box Office will add a handling fee of $3.80/ticket.

TICKET PICK-UP: Any tickets that are not picked up at the Grand Theatre before 12 pm on Wednesday, September 25th will be brought to the onsite box office at the Holiday Inn. You may pick up your tickets at the Holiday Inn at any time during onsite box office hours (30 minutes before the first onsite event of the day til 15 minutes after the last event of the day).

During the festival, tickets are ONLY available onsite from the Festival Box Office on the main floor of the Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront.

EXCHANGES and REFUNDS: We do not offer exchanges or refunds on tickets (except when an event is cancelled), so please plan before you buy. Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of KWF staff.

PHOTOGRAPHS: No flash photography, video recorders or tape recorders, please.