Randa Jarrar, Soniah Kamal, and Vanessa Huang Celebrate New Work!

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

We are thrilled to celebrate three fabulous writers who work across genres, borders, and limits. Join us in celebrating the release of Randa Jarrar's new book of fiction, Him, Me, Muhammad Ali. Randa is joined by Soniah Kamal and Vanessa Huang!

Randa Jarrar

Randa Jarrar is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, essayist, and translator. She grew up in Kuwait and Egypt, and moved to the U.S. after the first Gulf War. Her novel A Map of Home, was published in six languages and won a Hopwood Award, an Arab-American Book Award, and was named one of the best novels of 2008 by the Barnes & Noble Review. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Utne Reader, Salon.com, Guernica, The Rumpus, The Oxford American, Ploughshares, Five Chapters, and other venues. She’s received fellowships and residencies from the Lannan Foundation at Marfa, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Hedgebrook, Caravansarai, and Eastern Frontier. In 2010, the Hay Festival and Beirut UNESCO’s world capital of the book named Jarrar one of the most gifted writers of Arab origin under the age of 40.

Sonia Kamal

Soniah Kamal's debut novel An Isolated Incident was a finalist for the Townsend Award for Fiction, the KLF French Fiction Prize, and is an Amazon Rising Star pick. Her essays, short stories, poetry and literary work have been published in The Guardian, BuzzfeedCatapult, Huffington Post, Lit Hub, The Normal SchoolThe Missing Slate, The Atlanta Review and more. She is a Paul Bowles Fiction Fellow at Georgia State University. For more www.soniahkamal.com


Vanessa Huang

Born in Berkeley and home in diaspora from California and Taipei to Atlanta, New York, and Tianjin, Vanessa Huang is a poet, artist, and cultural worker whose practice inherits teachings from the prison industrial complex abolition, gender liberation, and intersecting social justice movements over the last decade.

quiet of chorus, Vanessa’s first book of poems, is forthcoming with UpSet Press. Vanessa has received literary fellowships from Kundiman and Macondo, holds a BA in Ethnic Studies from Brown University, and has worked with racial, economic, and trans/gender justice organizations with a focus on decarceration, homecoming, and transformative justice. Vanessa’s interdisciplinary work and writings have conversed through community organizing, printmaking, and rallies; film, choreography, and sonic performance; and a range of publications including critical race and gender studies journals, magazines, and the anthologies Abolition Now: Ten Years of Strategy Against the Prison Industrial Complex (AK Press, 2008), Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex (AK Press, 2011),Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities (South End Press, 2011), and Writing the Walls Down: A Convergence of LGBTQ Voices (Trans-Genre Press, 2015).http://www.upsetpress.org/forthcoming-fall-2016/


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Him, Me, Muhammad Ali Cover Image
ISBN: 9781941411315
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Published: Sarabande Books - October 11th, 2016

Award-winning novelist Randa Jarrar's new story collection moves seamlessly between realism and fable, history and the present, capturing the lives of Muslim women and men across myriad geographies and circumstances.

A Map of Home: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143116264
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Published: Penguin Books - August 25th, 2009

From America to the Middle East and back again— the sparkling story of one girl’s childhood, by an exciting new voice in literary fiction