Sunday, September 19, 2:00 PM ET
Family Interactive Tour and Author Talk: City of The Plague God with Sarwat Chadda
Live via Zoom. Free with RSVP through The Morgan Library & Museum
Did you know the ancient Mesopotamians had a god of plagues and fevers? His name was Nergal, and in author Sarwat Chadda’s novel for younger readers, Nergal comes to New York and the only ones who can stop him are thirteen-year-old Sik and his new friend Belet. The heroes will encounter Ishtar, the goddess of love and battle, the warrior Gilgamesh, and more characters from Mesopotamian mythology on their journey to save the city.
Family program participants will take a virtual tour of the Morgan’s collection of Mesopotamian art, and discover cuneiform writing, Mesopotamian monsters, and powerful amulets. Following the tour will be a live Q&A with author Sarwat Chadda, where participants can ask the author questions about his work and how he adapted ancient stories to modern times. City of The Plague God is part of the Rick Riordan Presents series of novels that spotlight world mythology.
Families are encouraged to read the novel in advance of the program, although it is not required. You may find an online excerpt of the book here.
The Morgan Library & Museum is partnering with Greenlight Bookstore to encourage families reading together. Greenlight Bookstore is offering a discount on City of The Plague God, available in hardback or as a preorder paperback, with promo code MORGANLIBRARY15, through September 25, 2021. Thank you for supporting independent booksellers!
Family programs are designed for adults and children to enjoy together. Recommended for children ages 7-14. No experience required.
Please note that the program will take place online. After registering, participants will receive a confirmation e-mail with instructions on how to participate using Zoom. We ask that you download the app in advance for the best user experience.
Books are available to order from Greenlight for in-store pickup or direct-to-home shipping.
Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents CITY OF THE PLAGUE GOD, an adventure based on ancient Mesopotamian mythology written by Sarwat Chadda, author of the Ash Mistry series.
"An epic worthy of Gilgamesh. Chadda brings attention to the less well-recognized mythology of ancient Mesopotamia with engaging humor and wit."--Kirkus Reviews
Thirteen-year-old Sik wants a simple life going to school and helping at his parents' deli in the evenings. But all that is blown to smithereens when Nergal comes looking for him, thinking that Sik holds the secret to eternal life.Turns out Sik is immortal but doesn't know it, and that's about to get him and the entire city into deep, deep trouble. Sik's not in this alone. He's got Belet, the adopted daughter of Ishtar, the goddess of love and war, on his side, and a former hero named Gilgamesh, who has taken up gardening in Central Park. Now all they have to do is retrieve the Flower of Immortality to save Manhattan from being wiped out by disease. To succeed, they'll have to conquer sly demons, treacherous gods, and their own darkest nightmares.
"Featuring gods and goddesses, and importantly, Muslim heroes, this #OwnVoices tale eerily echoes our pandemic presents; but readers will find escape in the entertaining balance of an apocalyptic setting with irreverent humor."--School Library Journal