For Americans, September 11 was and remains a deeply personal event. Like few that came before it, the attacks on New York City and Washington D.C. are the kind of events where you will always remember exactly what you were doing and where you were when you found out. Nearly everyone in the United States has a personal story about that day.
But what about the rest of the world? How did the terrorist attacks, and the United States' reaction to them, affect the citizens, lifestyles and foreign policies of other countries? That's the question popular literary magazine Granta has posed in their most recent issue, "Ten Years Later," a look back at how the world has changed in the decade since September 11, 2001.
One day in September, a decade ago, all eyes turned toward New York. Where are we looking now?
In support of the issue, Granta, which is based in London, has launched a tour of the United States where authors, political experts and other members of the community will host a discussion of the questions addressed in the issue.
On September 8, Brazos Bookstore will co-host a conversation with the magazine featuring Rahim Ali, Chief Operating Officer for APNA Energy; Jill Carroll, formerly from the Center for Religious Tolerance; and Terrence Doody, Professor of English at Rice University, with others.
John Freeman, Granta's editor, said the goal of the issue was to look at as many stories as possible at the same time.
"What I thought might be missing is a global context and America's response to it," he said. "(The magazine) roams quite a bit."
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Included in the September issue are stories about the Arab Spring and Mohammed Bouazizi, the Tunisian street vendor who set himself on fire and became a catalyst for the Tunisian Revolution. The issue also addresses oil field protests, life in Guantanamo Bay, refugees in Libya (via photo essay) and more.
With constant television coverage, Freeman said, "September 11 was an event that people experienced simultaneously. We wanted to duplicate the simultaneity in a positive manner."
"I really wanted to have an event in Texas," he said, citing the state's oil and business roots. "I think it's very tempting in the literary world to look at the East Coast and the West Coast and consider the rest of the states as flyover."
7 p.m. September 8 at Brazos Books, 2421 Bissonnet Street. Free.