SEPTEMBER 2016 EVENTS FOR ALI ETERAZ, AUTHOR OF NATIVE BELIEVER

Friends,

Thank you for all your support as my debut novel, Native Believer, was chosen as a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection and received a full review. The novel was also selected for the Summer Reading List at O: The Oprah Magazine, and a ten-page excerpt appeared in the magazine’s digital edition. The German magazine Qantara described the novel as follows: “This is a brilliant, unapologetic book that takes a grim look at a dirty topic. It’s also the perfect book for our times. In a just world it would be awarded a place alongside other great civil rights books.”

I have a number of events in the month of September and I wanted to list all of them in one convenient place:

  1. Writing About Terror: Wednesday, September 14 at 6:30 pm at Le Poisson Rouge, New York City. Free; registration encouraged.

I am honored to be joining Molly Crabapple in a Brooklyn Book Festival official book-end event presented by PEN America, Akashic Books, and the Muslim Writers Collective. “Molly Crabapple (Drawing Blood) and Ali Eteraz (Native Believer) talk about transgressing taboos, banning Muslims, guerrilla calligraphy, Richard Wright, torture, and the intersection of art, creativity, underground culture, and activism in the age of Guantánamo Bay.” Facebook invite.

2. Philadelphia Launch: Thursday, September 15 at 6:30 pm at Twelve Gates Art Gallery, Philadelphia. Free.

With Neelanjana Banerjee of Kaya Press. Facebook invite.

3. Longing for Empire: A Writing Workshop Facilitated by the Muslim Writers Collective: Friday, September 16 from 4 to 7 pm. Invite only.

Please connect with the the MWC administrators for location and invitation information.

4. Two Events @ Brooklyn Book Festival: Sunday, September 18 from 1 to 2 pm, and from 3 to 4 pm, Brooklyn, NY.

The Racial Realities of Fiction presented by the Times Literary Supplement
Borough Hall Courtroom, 209 Joralemon St September 18, 2016, 1:00pm 

Stig Abell, The Times Literary Supplement editor, leads a conversation with T. Geronimo Johnson (Welcome to Braggsville), best selling author Esmeralda Santiago (Conquistadora) and debut novelist Ali Eteraz (Native Believer) in a conversation about race in their novels, in culture and in contemporary society in America and the UK.

When Domesticity Explodes, Brooklyn Law School Student Lounge, 250 Joralemon St, September 18, 2016, 3:00pm 

Ali Eteraz (Native Believer) presents second generation immigrant M. whose American Dream is beginning to unravel; Gayle Forman (Leave Me) tells the story of a working mom who hits her breaking point; and Adam Haslett (Imagine Me Gone) chronicles the precarious stability of a family dealing with one member’s mental illness. Three writers investigate the place of the individual in the modern nuclear family, and difficulties present in the act of loving. Moderated by Angela Ledgerwood, creator and host, The Lit Up Show.

5. Native Believer @ Berkeley, Sep 22, 2016, 5 — 7 pm, Stephens Hall 10, Institute for South Asia Studies, Berkeley, CA.

Moderator: Asad Q. Ahmed, Associate Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies in the Department of Near Eastern Studies, the University of California, Berkeley. Sponsors: Institute for South Asia Studies, The Berkeley Pakistan Initiative. Berkeley Calendar.

I hope to see at some of these events; otherwise the book is available on the usual places. You can start with my website.

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