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Featured Author Event: Kamila Shamsie

HOME FIRE, the new novel by Riverhead author Kamila Shamsie, was recently longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize, and Ms. Shamsie will  discuss her book at New York City’s  Asian American Writers’ Workshop on Monday, August 21 at 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Reserve a seat here.

The New Yorker’s Rozina Ali will moderate the event, which also includes author Hirsh Sawney, addressing the turbulent political landscape for South Asian families.  HOMEFIRE tells the suspenseful and heartbreaking story of an immigrant family driven to pit love against loyalty, with devastating consequences.  Sophocles’s classic tragedy Antigone is the starting point for Shamsie’s novel, which probes political tensions in the War on Terror and the way it splinters Muslim families in the West. Kamila Shamsie was born in Karachi, Pakistan. She has spent equal amounts of time in London and Karachi, while also occasionally teaching creative writing at Hamilton College in New York.  Now residing primarily in London, HOME FIRE is her first novel since becoming a British citizen in 2013.  She was shortlisted for the John Llewelyn Rhys Award in the UK twice, received the Prime Minister’s Award for Literature in Pakistan, was selected as one of Orange’s “21 Writers of the 21st Century,” and won the Patras Bokhari Award from the Academy of Letters in Pakistan. To add this Author Event to your calendar, click here. Shamsie will also be presenting her book on Wednesday, August 23 at 7:00 pm at the Community Bookstore LLC in Brooklyn. Click here for details.