Library Friends plan book review luncheon

Egypt will be the subject of the Friends of the James V. Brown Library Book Review Program on Feb. 8.

“The Yacoubian Building” by Alaa al Aswany will be reviewed. This contemporary, controversial novel is about Egyptian society, revealing its political corruption, sexual repression, religious extremism and modern hopes for Egypt today.

The reviewer will be Dr. Adel Messeih, who was born, raised and educated in Alexandria, Egypt. After graduating from medical school in Alexandria at 22, Messeih practiced internal medicine in Alexandria. He was drafted into the Egyptian army as a physician during the Sinai War.

After the war, he emigrated to England, where he practiced internal medicine and is a member of the Royal College of Physicians. Three years later he came to the United States where he first practiced in Dallas, Texas, and in Johnstown. He completed a fellowship in oncology at Hershey Medical Center and in 1983 moved with his family to Williamsport to practice hematology and oncology. Messeih is the author of texts on hematology case studies.

Book review luncheons are open to the public and are free of charge unless attendees choose to order the light lunch that is available. The lunches cost $5 each and can be reserved by calling the library Information Desk at 326-0536 no later than 3 p.m. the Wednesday before the luncheon. Bag lunch or take-outs also are welcome.

The luncheon starts at noon with the program beginning at 12:30 p.m. Those interested may attend the talk without lunch. The events are held in the Lowry Theatre on the third floor of the Welch Family Wing of the library.