Noted author Diana Abu-Jaber will be the guest speaker at the meeting of the American Association of University Women to be held Nov. 9 at 10 a.m. at Oswego Heritage House, 398 10th St., Lake Oswego.

She will discuss her process of writing about women and family relationships.

Born in New York with a Jordanian father and a mother of Irish-German heritage, her many books reflect her Jordanian-American heritage.

She focuses on family relationships, especially the relationships among women.

“Birds of Paradise,” her latest book, revolves around a girl who ran away from home at age 13 and how that impacted her mother, father and brother. Abu-Jaber left home at 15 to move away from her father’s strict discipline.

Her descriptions of the family relationships among her characters are infused with a deep understanding that arises from her own experiences.

Abu-Jaber is a writer in residence at Portland State University. She won the 2004 PEN Center USA Award for Literary Fiction, the American Book Award and the Oregon Book Award, and she was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award.

The event is free and open to the public. To learn more about the presentation or AAUW activities or membership, contact Jo Ann Siebe at 503-608-2444.

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