Bill Franklin reads from and discusses his book “King of Bat’ha” Friday, March 18th at 6 PM.
“An American engineer travels to the Middle East to support allied military efforts. Immersed within an Islamic society he undergoes a spiritual journey whereby he examines his own faith in God while confronting his own mortality. A classic, timeless tale of Eastern culture meets Western culture as his only ties to his Western heritage are through the game of chess that he plays in the Filipino community of Bat’ha which is a subdivision of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. This chess playing culminates in FIDE tournaments in Europe. He also explores the diverse lifestyles and religions of the Middle East. These lifestyles, religions, and politics are intermingled and form the essence of the Middle East.”