The Orange Trees of Baghdad:

in search of my lost family

a memoir by Leilah Nadir

with photos by Farah Nosh

Hardcover: 288 pages

Publisher: Key Porter Books; 1 edition (Sep 1 2007)

ISBN-10: 155263941X

ISBN-10: 978-1552639412


Canadian reissue of The Orange Trees of Baghdad

Excerpt in Maisonneuve magazine

Interview with Jennifer Hunter of the Toronto Star

Leilah Nadir appeared on CBC’s Early Edition on October 3rd, 2014 to give her thoughts on the Canadian government joining the fight on ISIS in Iraq.


Press for UK Launch

Review in Lacuna magazine

Essay on Writing The Orange Trees of Baghdad in Lacuna magazine

UK launch at The Big Green Bookshop by Levant TV

We Love This Book Feature article

For Books Sake review

For Books Sake Interview

Female First interview with Leilah Nadir

Nahla Ink review

Nahla Ink interview

The SOAS spirit review

The SOAS spirit interview

BBC Scotland review on Sunday Morning


Reviews for How They See Us: Meditations on America

Essays and Fragments

Publisher's Weekly starred review

Washington Post

San Francisco Chronicle

Dallas Morning News

Library Journal

History News Network

The Jewish Journal of Greater LA

Leilah Nadir was interviewed on Bookmark on CKUA, Alberta. Broadcast on November 29 2009 and January 12, 2010.
[Listen to interview]

An interview with Leilah Nadir, SEE magazine, Edmonton

Leilah Nadir was interviewed for the Arabic Show on World FM Edmonton on Saturday October 24, 2009

Leilah Nadir appeared on Breakfast TV Edmonton on Friday October 23, 2009

Leilah Nadir appeared on CTV Noon News on Friday October 23, 2009

Article on Leilah Nadir in the Edmonton Journal on October 21, 2009

Article on Leilah Nadir in Edmonton Journal on October 21, 2009

Leilah Nadir appeared on CTV Noon News in Calgary on
March 11, 2009

Leilah Nadir is interviewed on CBC Wildrose Country on
March 12, 2009
[direct mp3 file download]

She was also heard on The World Tonight on CHQR AM 770, Calgary on March 11, 2009

The Globe and Mail announces that The Orange Trees of Baghdad is available in paperback.

Profile of Leilah Nadir on the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism's website, Reportage.

Brisbane Courier Mail (Helen Fargan)
Skillfully told with extraordinary warmth, her story gives us an incredible and often surprising insight into a Middle-Eastern culture that is simultaneously exotic and familiar, comforting and terrifying ... This is a compelling, touching and beautifully written book that thoughtfully challenges assumptions about a place and a people lost in the miasma of war.

Canadian Literature
Nadir’s work is stunning in its brilliance and poignant in its elegance. The text does not provide the kind of satisfaction readers may hope for in terms of easy resolution, but The Orange Trees of Baghdad is a compelling memoir, worthy of every reader?s time, precisely because it eschews a simplistic understanding of all the issues it discusses.+MORE+

Leilah Nadir’s reads her perspective on Writing in the Red Zone for Australian National Radio ABC

Listen to Leilah Nadir’s interview with Philip Adams on Late Night Live on ABC (Australian National Radio)

CBC Radio One Sounds Like Canada interview with Shelagh Rogers February 15,2008 Listen Here
(please search on The Next Chapter for Leilah Nadir, January 10th, 2009)

In the Halifax Daily News, Stephen Clare writes about the new voices in Canadian literature that reflect the country's diversity.+MORE+

Profile and Book Review in The Georgia Straight
Like any reasonable person, Leilah Nadir is outraged by the American invasion of Iraq–and by the dismal statistics that continue to accumulate...+MORE+

Book Review in The Montreal Mirror

Book Review in the Vancouver Sun
The timing of first-time author Leilah Nadir's book on Iraq is certainly serendipitous. The Orange Trees of Baghdad: In Search of My Lost Family arrives just as the Bush administration has released a report from its generals on the progress of the Iraq War, an assessment that could change the war's course...+MORE+
Also appeared in The Star Phoenix
Also in Montreal Gazette
Also in The Calgary Herald, Trees grows from Iraq roots

Also in The Edmonton Journal, A Love Song to Iraqi People

Bladerunner blog by Stephen Hunt of the Calgary Herald features The Orange Trees of Baghdad.

CKNW The Christy Clark Show interview with Leilah Nadir.

CBC Radio BC Almanac interview with Mark Forsythe
The Orange Trees of Baghdad is recommended reading.

BC Bookworld Winter 2007–2008 "N is for Nadir"

Global BC News at noon interview with Leilah Nadir on Friday September 14, 2007.

City TV Breakfast Television Vancouver Leilah Nadir was interviewed by Simi Sara on Wednesday October 3, 2007.

AM 940 Montreal, Quebec Joe Cannon interviewed Leilah Nadir on Thursday October 4, 2007.

AM 980 CFPL London, Ontario John Wilson interviewed Leilah Nadir on Tuesday October 2, 2007.

FM 98.5 CKWR Kitchener, Ontario John Maciel interviewed Leilah Nadir on Wednesday October 10, 2007.

CBC radio interview with Leilah Nadir broadcast across the country on Monday September 10, 2007, on regional programs in Victoria, Calgary, Quebec City, Windsor, Thunder Bay, Yellowknife, Whitehorse, Charlottetown, Winnipeg and St. John.

Elle Canada September 2007
In The Orange Trees of Baghdad: In Search of My Lost Family (Key Porter), Leilah Nadir writes about a place she has never been to—a country her father last saw in 1960, when he left Iraq to go to school in England. By telling her story of exile, she is giving voice to so many émigrés who have been cut off from their past by war and insurrection.

Quill and Quire
"The Orange Trees of Baghdad is a found memoir, a record of partial memories and secondhand observations of world events. In it, Canadian-Iraqi author and journalist Leilah Nadir strikes out to learn about the lives of her grandfather's family in Iraq over the past 30 years. The book belongs as much to her father as it does to Nadir: she uncovers her own past through his experiences...her attempt to trace her family tree in an uncommon land makes this a compelling first book from a thoughtful writer."