City of Writes

A literary friend bans the mere mention of career and the two-fingered clasp of that must-carry calling card. A self-proclaimed “New Yorker in exile,” she hosted a dinner party for artists in Washington, DC. She abhors the city’s drabness and its dark-suit-wearing crowd of lawyers who represent a place in which she’s endured far too many so-what-do-you-do’s?

She’s not the only disgruntled literary New Yorker I’ve met in DC, but I can’t relate….

 

Here is my new feature published in the Washington Independent Review of Books published on 2 Oct 2016 with a personal profile of the writing community of Washington, DC, and my own work on the Thai-Mormon narrative history I am writing.

 

http://www.washingtonindependentreviewofbooks.com/features/city-of-writes

Review: The Televangelist

Ibrahim Essa’s new novel, The Televangelist, is a powerful commentary on Islam in modern Egypt with deep insight for Westerners. Nothing is what it seems. The last few pages of the book will surprise you so much you’ll want to read them again to see how it all plays out.

Sheik Hatem is a televangelist for a popular call-in show based in Cairo. When he is tasked with turning a high-profile leader’s son back from his conversion to Christianity, he finds himself in the middle of a high-stakes mission that risks his position with the state in its tight control over religious media. Due to his prestige and willingness to engage his fans in an approachable way, he becomes the reader’s intermediary in a complex Islamic context…

 

Here is my review of The Televangelist published at the Washington Independent Review of Books on 27 September 2016:

http://www.washingtonindependentreviewofbooks.com/bookreview/the-televangelist-a-novel

Review: The Castaway’s War

Check out my most recent review at the Washington Independent Review of Bookshttp://www.washingtonindependentreviewofbooks.com/bookreview/the-castaways-war-one-mans-battle-against-imperial-japanscreen-shot-2016-09-08-at-11-37-11-am

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.

Click here for the article.