EVENT: Ayad Akhtar appears In Conversation for his debut novel American Dervish.
Geoffrey highly recommends this new author: "In the heart of America at the start of the 1980's, Hayat Shah is coming of age. Challenged on all sides by contradictions, Hayat is a good student, a good son, and searching for his faith. Rare is the debut novel that lifts the veil off the reader's own eyes. American Dervish is a revelation, a provocative and brilliant moral dilemma. Can one be true to one's faith and to one's country? Without question, Ayad Akhtar is true to the storyteller's craft. Read it and cheer."
"What a pleasure to encounter a first novel as self-assured and effortlessly told as Ayad Akhtar's American Dervish, an immensely entertaining coming-of-age story, what distinguishes Mr. Akhtar's novel is its generosity and its willingness to embrace the contradictions of its memorably idiosyncratic characters and the society they inhabit [A] charming debut." ~ Adam Langer, The New York Times
AUTHOR: Ayad Akhtar is an American-born, first generation Pakistani-American from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He holds degrees in Theater from Brown University and in Directing from the Graduate Film Program at Columbia University, where he won multiple awards for his work. He is the author of numerous screenplays and was star and co-writer of The War Within, which premiered at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay and an International Press Academy Satellite Award for Best Picture, Drama. American Dervish is his first novel.
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 7:00 PM
LOCATION: St. Paul's Episcopal Day School, 4041 Main Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64111
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EVENT FORMAT: Ayad Akhtar will discuss his New Book as part of a Community Conversation on Cultural Diversity lead by Reverend Dr. Stan Runnels, Rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. A Booksigning follows the Conversation. A Stamped Admission Ticket is required for the Booksigning.
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