Award-winning Novelist Randa Jarrar Reads From Her Highly Anticipated Him, Me, Muhammad Ali, in Conversation with Fellow Authors Wendy C. Ortiz (Excavation) and Myriam Gurba

Friday, October 28th at 7:00 p.m.

Randa Jarrar, whose  highly-praised debut novel A Map of Home won an Arab-American Book Award, reads from Him, Me, Muhammad Ali, named a “Most Anticipated Book of Fall 2016” (The Millions). The stories in this new collection are hailed as much for fearless style as for how the voices she generates gather a cumulative power.  Experience the singular and provocative wit of Randa Jarrar, in conversation with  her outstanding fellow writers Wendy C. Ortiz and Myriam Gurba, who will also read from their newest works. Reading, talk, q&a, with signing to follow.

jarrar-him-me-muhammad-ali-1Randa Jarrar’s stories grapple 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.

“Randa Jarrar’s prose is bold and luscious and makes the darkly comic seem light. The voices… are powerful individually and overwhelming as a chorus. This wonderful work isn’t just a collection; it’s a world.”                                —Mat Johnson, author of Pym and Loving Day                                                     “Fearless, funny, and sad, soaring and earthly, fable-like and visceral. . . astonishes from start to finish.” —Sam Lipsyte, author of The Ask and Venus Drive


Photo by Adela Santana

Randa Jarrar is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, essayist, and translator. Her novel A Map of Home was published in six languages, won an Arab-American Book Award, and was named one of the best novels of 2008 by The Barnes & Noble Review.

Wendy C. Ortiz is the author of Excavation: A Memoir, Hollywood Notebook, and the forthcoming Bruja  (out on Halloween). Her work has been profiled or featured in the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Rumpus, and the National Book Critics Circle Small Press Spotlight blog. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Hazlitt, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, The Nervous Breakdown, The Lifted Brow, and a year-long series at McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. Visit her public notebook



Myriam Gurba is a writer, artist, and low key bon vivant living at the southern most tip of LA County. Her memoir Mean is forthcoming from Coffee House press.