Online book discussion Feb. 28

BLUE HILL — “Homeland Elegies,” the celebrated 2020 autobiographical novel by Ayad Akhtar, will be the focus of an online book club discussion sponsored by the Blue Hill literary arts festival, Word, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, via Zoom.

Laura Miller of Blue Hill, book critic for and a member of Word’s steering committee, will lead the discussion. Participation in this Early Word Book Club is free, but participants must pre-register at, where they also will find a link to a New York Times review of the book.

Like Akhtar, the narrator of “Homeland Elegies” is the American-born son of Pakistani immigrants. His idyllic American life becomes increasingly complicated after 9/11 and with the election of Donald Trump, for whom his father shows puzzling support.

The Word festival takes place annually in October but also offers Early Word events throughout the year. Organizers started offering online events last spring in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information, call 374-5632 and visit

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