Meet the Press: May 2016

Hoopoe Specializes in Stories from the Middle East and North Africa.

Published in the Washington Independent Review of Books.

Excerpt:

Discover the Arab world’s most dynamic novels now available in English thanks to Hoopoe — from the American University in Cairo (AUC) Press — a new imprint spotlighting Arab novels, the kind that already top the stacks on nightstands across the Middle East.

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Mormon Man Creates Controversy

My boyfriend is 47 and lives in the 1850s. Nerdy writers understand those late nights, at least I’m hoping. Explaining my book to people living in the twenty first century, though, takes a bit of finesse. Researching a Mormon man, deceased as he is, shouldn’t stir any controversy. Not until he’s published, at least….

Here is the link to my article published at By Common Consent on 8 September 2014:

Mormon Man Causes Controversy

From Siamese Prison to Mormon Memory

“…the King confined bro. [Trail] 71 days in a Siamese prison, 14 feet square, with 50 other prisoners, some were confined for debt others for stealing &c several ware put to the rack to draw out a fu [teekals (tikal money)]…”  –Elam Luddington April 1854

A day after Elam Luddington baptized his first and only convert in Siam, Captain James Trail, the King of Siam thrust the convert into a debtor’s prison without food.  The captain’s crime was misunderstanding a command and firing a salute from his ship in the rhodes of Singapore.  

With only one baptism, is it possible that Luddington’s apparent failure washed him from our collective Mormon memories?…

Here is my article published in the Juvenile Instructor on 28 June 2013:

 

http://juvenileinstructor.org/guest-post-audrey-bastian-from-siamese-prison-to-mormon-memory/

Double Facebook Profile: Egyptian Women Online

If we down play the role of Facebook in the overthrow of the Egyptian president, we ignore the voices of young conservative women whose main contribution is through Facebook. Before the recent uprisings, Egypt had more than 2 million male Facebook users and almost 2 million female users from a population of 77 million, totaling roughly 3 percent of the population. The 1.5 percent of Egyptian female users reached unprecedented audiences. Worood, for example, is a prolific Facebook user….

 

Here is my article published at the Eurasia Review on 5 April 2011:

 

http://www.eurasiareview.com/05042011-double-facebook-profile-egyptian-women-online/