Book Launch! @ Fairmont Palliser Hotel, Calgary [19 May]

Book Launch!

19:00 - 22:00

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Fairmont Palliser Hotel
Calgary, Alberta



FRIDAY MAY 19 7PM (Doors open at 6:30)
In terms of locating the Alberta Room, there are 2 ways from the lobby. #1. Use the elevators and press the “M” button for Mezzanine. #2. Walk up the Grand Staircase located beside the elevator until they reach the Mezzanine level.
In terms of the parking details, below is a thorough description:
Public Parking is available in the adjacent Palliser Parkade. Please note that although the name would suggest otherwise, this parkade is independent of The Fairmont Palliser; it is an Impark lot and prevailing rates do apply.
Attendees should park on the west side for the closest access to The Fairmont Palliser. The west parkade may be entered form 9th Avenue SW (traveling East) or from 10th Avenue SW (traveling in either direction). Once you are in the parkade simply follow the signs and o take care not to park in any reserved spaces. Once you have parked proceed to the 3rd floor of the Parkade, which will take you to the Fairmont Palliser (through an office building). You will enter The Fairmont Palliser on the mezzanine level. The Alberta Ballroom is located on the mezzanine level.
You may pay for your parking with cash or credit card at a machine located by the elevators to the West Parkade (on the 3rd or 4th floor). Please note that you cannot pay at the exit at street level.



ATTENTION HIJABIS: This is a HIJAB ON event. There will be cameras.


It is our sincere pleasure to invite you to enjoy this special evening of celebration, anticipation, and joy! Please come and join us as author Nossaiba Muhieddine launches her new book “A Prison with an Ocean View” at the luxurious Fairmont Palliser Hotel in downtown Calgary on Friday, 19 May 2017, from 7pm to 10 pm.
At this high tea event, you will be treated to some wise words from our guest speaker community activist Saima Jamal. We will lightly dine over canapés and hot drinks, and enjoy the fine artistry of henna. The highlight of the evening of course will be to hear Nossaiba share her inspirational words, and to have her answer your questions. She will also be available for exclusive book-signings!

All women and sisters (over age 14 please) are welcome to this evening of shared blessings and gratitude. Together, we will make this a night to remember!

The book will be on sale for $20.00. From the sale of each book, $5.00 goes to benefit women's shelters around the city. Cash and credit cards will be accepted for payment.

“If you reached out to me while drowning, I’d step on your hand and watch you drown”

This is the harrowing memoir of a young, impressionable girl trapped in the home of her new husband's family, a prison with an ocean view. Alone and far from the love and protection of her parents, she finds herself at the mercy of a devious, manipulative matriarch who controls and turns the family against her.
To the world, her mother-in-law appears to be a charming and godly woman, highly regarded in the Muslim community. She seems respectful of her new daughter-in-law's desire to study and offers to do whatever necessary to support her dream of becoming a doctor. No one, not even Nossaiba's parents, could see the sinister intentions lurking beneath her caring facade.
Through vivid accounts, Nossaiba gives readers a rare glimpse into the devastating and suffocating reality of family bullying. Although filled with facts that will leave you in disbelief and others that will move you to tears, A Prison With An Ocean View is a remarkable story of how one young woman found the strength and courage to piece back together her broken spirit and turn her horror into healing.

Nossaiba Muhieddine came to Canada from Lebanon in 1988 at the age of four with her parents and baby sister. Her family were part of a mass exodus of nearly one million people escaping the horrors of the Lebanese civil war.
She grew up in Calgary, Alberta, and from a very young age displayed a passion for learning. At only sixteen she graduated from high school with honours and was accepted with a full scholarship into the pre-medical program at the University of Calgary.
On a trip to Australia in the summer after graduating from high school, she met the love of her life, Wessam. After returning and completing her first year at the U of C, she moved to Wollongong, Australia, where she married and subsequently had two sons. During this time, she managed to complete her second year of studies at the University of Wollongong.
After seven years in Australia, Nossaiba and her family moved back to Canada where she was accepted into the competitive Health Sciences program at the U of C. However, part way through her third year, her studies were once more put on hold as she had her third child, a little girl, in 2011.
Nossaiba has faced many challenges, one of which has been a rare medical condition two of her children were born with. This has required constant monitoring and frequent hospital admissions for treatment. Despite this, she has persevered in her academic pursuits and plans to graduate one day.
She homeschooled her two children for six years because of their frequent hospital stays and discovered that she had a real skill and passion for teaching. This led her to start her own tutoring firm where she teaches both English and Arabic. Nossaiba's curriculum for teaching Arabic to English-speaking students is one which she has written herself and hopes to have published.
When she needs a respite from her duties as mother, teacher, student, spouse, and writer, she likes to get in her car and drive to Banff, home of the majestic Rocky Mountains, in order to re-centre, recharge, meditate, and pray. When she’s not spending time with her family, Nossaiba enjoys writing poetry and journaling her thoughts on life and the world.

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