The poet and novelist Clare Needham wrote about my book “hurtling into the present” for the journal Apofenie, devoted to “the search for hidden meanings in unrelated patterns.”
Erin Popelka interviewed me from Spokane, WA, for her series Must Read Fiction:
A review of the novel for On the Seawall:
The Harvard Book Store organized a reading and discussion with my friend and former professor, the fabulous novelist Claire Messud on Friday, July 10th. Recording is here.
A conversation with Ishmael Beah, the inaugural event organized by Bookshop.org.
More information and registration is here.
On July 7, 2020, Christina Chiu and the New York Writers Workshop invited me and the investigative journalist Toby Muse to present our books. We talked about the drug war, the war on terror, fiction vs nonfiction, and gin vs tonic.
The recording is here:
I translated Abu Dulaf’s fascinating and fabulous tenth-century ode to thievery, beggary, charlatanry, and blasphemy for Arab Lit Quarterly. Get the issue here.
“But now I have to contradict myself again, because since I wrote that, protests erupted against racial injustice and police brutality in the US, and I find myself gazing at footage of New York streets that I’ve marched down myself in past protests. So many protests these past few years. But now bigger than ever, and only growing this past week. I’ve read horrified posts of police violence, but also posts saying I’ve never seen New York so beautiful. I’m reminded of the days after Tahrir, or during Gezi when so many stood together, of Damascus and Aleppo before all that was crushed, before the aftermath made it all so much worse. And I hope, despite everything, that this time it will break through.”
I wrote about reading during the pandemic and protests for Rescue Press. The full article is here.