I participated in’s inaugural online event: “What is the Role of the Writer in a Time of Crisis?” on July 16, 2020 — a reading and discussion with Ishmael Beah, whose novel Little Family also came out during the pandemic. Sadly, the app crashed during the talk, so it wasn’t recorded.

I participated in Les Bleus, a virtual literary salon organized by Paige McGreevy, a UN worker out of Nairobi onĀ  Saturday, July 11th. The Les Bleus IG page is here:

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.

Christina Chiu and the New York Writers Workshop invited me and the investigative journalist Toby Muse to present our books on July 7, 2020, . We talked about the drug war, the war on terror, fiction vs nonfiction, and gin vs tonic. The recording is here:

I discussed my translation of the Song of the Banu Sasan with Arab Lit Quarterly editor Marcia Lynx Qualey, for the first episode of Arab Lit Q TV, also on July 7. The video is here.

McNally Jackson arranged a virtual launch on May 25, 2020 for To Remain Nameless. In conversation with Wayne Koestenbaum, whose book of essays, Figure It Out, came out at the same time. Footage is here:

Rescue Night at Berl’s: I read at Berl’s Poetry Bookshop with Tessa Micaela, Sara Deniz Akant, Vanessa Jimenez Gabb, and Adrienne Raphel, on Feb. 27, 2020.