Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium • Main Library
Two touching and groundbreaking collections of personal stories introduce us to young Muslim Americans and their world:
I Speak for Myself (www.ispeakformyself.com) is a platform dedicated to publishing richly-diverse interfaith and intercultural collections of personal stories which are inclusive, relatable, inspiring and help to alter the mindset of readers.
Zahra Suratwala is an author, editor and co-founder of the I Speak for Myself series including I Speak for Myself: American Women on Being Muslim; All-American: 45 American Men on Being Muslim; and Demanding Dignity: Young Voices From the Front Lines of the Arab Revolutions.
Nura Maznavi, co-editor of Love, InshAllah, has deep roots in the field of international human rights and advocacy. Maznavi is a civil rights attorney and Fullbright Scholar who works with national advocacy organizations aimed at ending racial and religious profiling. She is currently writing a screen play and a collection of short stories.
Huda Al-Marashi, contributor to Love, InshAllah is an Iraqi-American at work on a memoir about the impact of her dual-identity on her marriage. Excerpts from this memoir are forthcoming in the anthologies Becoming and In Her Place. Her poem, “TV Terror”, is a part of a touring exhibit commemorating the Mutanabbi Street Bombing in Baghdad. She holds a B.A. from Santa Clara University and a M.Ed. from Framingham State College. She is a 2012 Creative Workforce Fellow.
Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women, was featured globally by media outlets including The New York Times, NPR, BBC, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Times of India, Dawn Pakistan and The Jakarta Post. She is currently working on Love InshAllah‘s companion anthology Salaam, Love: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex & Intimacy (Beacon Press, February 2014).
Books will be available for sale at the event and at aculturalexchange.org.
All writers & readers series programs are free and open to the public. Seating is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
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