Joseph Geha Wins Arab American Museum Book Award

by Phillip Witteveen July 17, 2013

Joseph Geha, author of Lebanese Blonde, has won the Arab American Museum’s BookAward for Best Fiction.  The Museum awards this honor to “significant literature by and about Arab Americans.” Geha’s novel centers around an Arab-American community in Toledo, Ohio, while a civil war rages in the Aboodeh and Samir’s homeland of Lebanon. Aboodeh and Samir are business partners, and their business is in “Lebanese Blond”—a special type of hashish they import. Geha’s style incorporates exile, family, food, wisdom and foolishness, as the civil war disrupts their business and puts their family in danger.  Eventually, Samir will have to face the changes happening […]

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Two critically acclaimed novelists speak at March 19 UMP Author Series event

by Heather Newman March 9, 2010

Debra Spark set her novel in Madison, Wis. Susan Messer placed hers in downtown Detroit the summer of the 1967 riots. Both make you feel as if you actually stepped into those cities. And both will be in Ann Arbor on Friday, March 19, from 5-6:30 p.m., as a joint presentation from the University of Michigan Press Author Series and the UM Library Spotlight Series to read from their books and discuss their methods. A book sale/signing and Q&A will follow. Spark’s book, Good for the Jews, is a funny, sharp story about a Jewish family facing everything from love […]

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Q&A with Liza Wieland, author of A Watch of Nightingales

by University of Michigan Press January 29, 2009

University of Michigan Press: What is your book about? Liza Wieland: The novel takes place in present-day Washington, D.C., and in England, in 1977, both in London and in a girl’s boarding school near Wales. The two main characters are an American, named Mara, and a Pakistani, called Kokila. They meet at the boarding school in 1977 when Mara’s an exchange student and Kokila is finishing there, headed for university, at Cambridge. They meet again in Washington, D.C. where Mara is the widow of the headmaster of a boy’s school, and Kokila is the mother of one of the students. […]

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