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Saturday, May 6 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm
8L: All-Conference Read in Fiction: Him Me Muhammad Ali by Randa Jarrar, In Conversation with Lidia Yuknavitch FULL
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New this year, we have designated the books by our Muse Fellows as all-conference reads. We encourage all conference participants to read Randa Jarrar’s Him Me Muhammad Ali (fiction) and Amy Jo Burns’s Cinderland (nonfiction), both of which are available in paperback. 

In this session, Randa Jarrar and Lidia Yuknavitch will discuss Him Me Muhammad Ali from the writer’s perspective -- structure, inspiration, process. Named one of Electric Literature's Best Short Story Collections of 2016, Him Me Muhammad Ali  grapples with love, loss, displacement, and survival in a collection that moves seamlessly between realism and fable, history and the present. With humor, irony, and boundless imagination, Jarrar brings to life a memorable cast of characters, many of them "accidental transients"—a term for migratory birds who have gone astray—seeking their circuitous routes back home. 

While we strongly encourage reading Him Me Muhammad Ali ahead of time, we are confident that the conversation will be illuminating and meaningful whether or not you've gotten to it yet.

NOTE: The first five attendees to sign up for this session will receive complimentary copies of the book.  


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Randa Jarrar

Author, HIM, ME, MUHAMMAD ALI, All-Conference Read in Fiction
Randa Jarrar’s work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Utne Reader, Salon, Guernica, The Rumpus, The Oxford American, The Sun, Ploughshares, and others. Her first novel, A Map of Home, was published in half a dozen languages & won a Hopwood Award, an Arab-American B... Read More →
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Lidia Yuknavitch

Lidia Yuknavitch is the author of the novels The Book of Joan (Harper) and the bestselling The Small Backs of Children (Harper), winner of both the Oregon Book Award for the novel and the Reader's Choice Award, as well as the memoir The Chronology of Water. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in BOMB, Guernica, The Rumpus, The Iowa Review, Another Chicago Magazine, Buzzfeed, Zyzzyva, and in the anthologies Forms At War, Life As We Show It, and Representing Bisexualities. Her TED Talk on Misfittery has nearly 2 million views. She is the founder of the Corporeal Writing Workshop series; she is a very good swimmer.She has also had writing appear in publications including Guernica Magazine, Ms., The Iowa Review, Zyzzyva, Another Chicago Magazine, The Sun, Exquisite Corpse, TANK, and in the anthologies Life As We Show It (City Lights), Wreckage of Reason (Spuytin Duyvil), Forms at War (FC2), Feminaissance (Les Figues Press), and Representing Bisexualities (SUNY), as well as online at The Rumpus. She founded the workshop... Read More →

Saturday May 6, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
St. James Room