Asquith author talk – from apartheid to zaater

Asquith author Cecile Yazbek has come a long way since dreaming up delicious vegetarian Lebanese dishes with her mother in their in her South African kitchen.

Hear her talk about her fourth and latest book, the novel Faces in the Forest, at Turramurra Library on Tuesday 21st August at 10am.

The novel is centred around two sisters living in Cape Town, drawing the reader into the lives of a community of honourable and dishonourable characters living in apartheid South Africa in the 1970s.

Book a ticket by calling the library on 9424 0480 or email:  Alternatively head to the book launch at Chatswood Bowling Club on Sunday the 9th September at 3pm, a free event featuring a panel of three others writers including Joyce Kornblatt and Majida Abboud-Saab, former head of the Arabic department at SBS. If you would like to attend, send an email to:

This prolific author has also written a memoir, a vegetarian cookbook full of recipes she dreamed up herself, and another novel about growing up as a Lebanese girl in apartheid-torn South Africa in the 1970s when “massacres were happening everywhere, Nelson Mandela was in prison, the government tapped our phones and intercepted our mail.”

Read more about Cecile’s life in the October edition of The Monthly Chronicle.

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