2018-19 ND Reads Selection - The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers

Notre Dame's ND Reads program brings our community of students, faculty, staff, parents, alumnae and friends together to examine and discuss important issues facing our global community. We invite you to join us in reading our 12th annual selection, The Monk of Mokha.

From best-selling author Dave Eggers, The Monk of Mokha is the true story of a young Yemeni-American man, raised in San Francisco, who dreams of resurrecting the ancient art of Yemeni coffee.

Mokhtar Alkhanshali is twenty-four and working as a doorman when he discovers the astonishing history of coffee and Yemen’s central place in it. He leaves San Francisco and travels deep into his ancestral homeland to tour terraced farms high in the country’s rugged mountains and meet beleaguered but determined farmers. But when war engulfs the country and Saudi bombs rain down, Mokhtar has to find a way out of Yemen without sacrificing his dreams or abandoning his people.

Community Event - October 8, 2018 (7:00pm) - RSVP HERE

The subject of Dave Eggers' book, Mokhtar Alkhanshali will be joining the Notre Dame community on campus October 8. RSVP online here and join us for this unique opportunity to meet the subject of The Monk of Mokha. This event is open to the public.

About the Author - Dave Eggers

Nationally-recognized author Dave Eggers grew up near Chicago and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the founder of McSweeney’s, an independent publishing house in San Francisco that produces books, a quarterly journal of new writing (McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern) and a monthly magazine, The Believer. In 2002, he co-founded 826 Valencia, a non-profit youth writing and tutoring center in San Francisco’s Mission District, a program that has expanded around the world. Dave’s work has been nominated for the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and has won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, France’s Prix Médicis, Germany’s Albatross Prize, the National Magazine Award and the American Book Award.

About Mokhtar Alkhanshali

Historian, community organizer, and coffee innovator, Mokhtar Alkhanshali envisions a world where industry empowers rather than exploits, uplifts rather than represses. Growing up between Brooklyn, San Francisco and Yemen, Mokhtar comes from an ancient lineage of coffee farmers, that traces back to when the world’s first coffee was cultivated in his home province of Ibb over five centuries ago. In 2013 Mokhtar began focusing on his family’s roots as coffee farmers in Yemen. Seeking to reverse Yemen’s nearly lost art of coffee cultivation, he founded Port of Mokha. Combining his knowledge of specialty coffee production, progressive infrastructure strategy and community organizing, Mokhtar has helped to reverse the declining quality of Yemeni coffee and re-establish it as the one of industries most treasured origins. Best-selling author Dave Eggers’ forthcoming title “The Monk of Mokha” traces Mokhtar’s journey as a social entrepreneur and his harrowing escape from war torn Yemen with his first coffee samples. Mokhtar strives to empower coffee farmers with the knowledge and tools to bring about radical improvements in the quality of their coffees and lives.

 

 

 

 

 

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