The PEN Center USA, in partnership with The Radius of Arab American Writers, presents a reading by Arab-American writers. Randa Jarrar, author of Him, Me, Muhammad Ali, will be the MC for the event.
Randa Jarrar is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, essayist, and translator. Her novel A Map of Home was published in six languages, won an Arab-American Book Award, and was named one of the best novels of 2008 by The Barnes & Noble Review.
Select Praise for Him, Me, Muhammad Ali
“Jarrar’s characters are memorable, with experiences and observations that oscillate between deeply moving and riotously funny—often on the same page—and she expertly incorporates occasional moments of magical realism in this truly excellent short-story collection.” —New York Magazine
“These stories showcase the strength and talent of a writer of immeasurable gift and grace, who confronts the poignant and often brutal realities her characters face with sass and verve.” —Los Angeles Review of Books
“[A] brave, bright, tell-it-like-it-is collection. . . . Impressively varied in style and content, Jarrar’s collection is recommended for a wide range of readers.” —Library Journal
“Jarrar follows up her novel, A Map of Home, with a collection of stories depicting the lives of Arab women, ranging from hypnotic fables to gritty realism. . . . Often witty and cutting, these stories transport readers and introduce them to a memorable group of women.” —Publishers Weekly