'My Mother is a Lunar Crater' is nominated for two awards

Thrilled to learn today that my short story "My Mother is a Lunar Crater" was awarded second prize in Zoetrope: All Story's short fiction competition
https://www.all-story.com/contests/  The judge was the luminous Colum McCann, whom I have been reading and loving for years and years. 
(His gorgeous 'Everything in this Country Must' is possibly the short story I have re-read most -- it always tugs, always sings.) 

This fall "My Mother is a Lunar Crater" was also selected as a runner up for the Margarita Donnelly Prize for prose writing in Calyx magazine. 

I love both these magazines! 

Delighted to be listed with these amazing writers!

I do indeed want to read them all. 

And a thought. At one time, I’d have asked, why “Muslim woman writer” and wondered which was more questionable – woman or Muslim. But given how rarely Muslim writers -- especially women -- are read, and yet how universally we are spoken for and policed, enough pretending that this exclusion is an accident. And thank you, Nylon.com !

THINNER THAN SKIN: A Full Listing of UK Launch Events

Please join me for one or all of these events! Some will be panels, others individual readings/conversations.

SATURDAY 26th MAY 3:00-4:00 Litro World Series Lecture at SOAS in Russell Square. 
Readings by Mary Lynn Bracht (White Chrysanthemum), Uzma Aslam Khan (Trespassing, The Geometry of God, Thinner Than Skin), and Manu Plilal.
Location: SOAS University. 

SUNDAY 27th MAY 11:45-1pmBare Lit Festival  http://barelitfestival.com/events-2018/2018/5/27/panel-intimate-borders
Panel discussion on borders & migration with journalist Kiri Kankhwende, novelist Uzma Aslam Khan, and director Asim Abassi.
Location: The Albany

MONDAY 28th MAY 4:00-6:00 'Meet the writer Uzma Aslam Khan'. Reading/conversation/discussion. 
Location: Senate House, Royal Holloway, University of London 

WEDNESDAY 30th MAY 30. 7:00-9:00p.m: reading/talk/dinner.  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/an-evening-with-uzma-aslam-khan-tickets-45657884963
Location: National Liberal Club

SATURDAY 2nd JUNE 3:00-4:00 p.m. A New Narrative on Pakistan 

"An Evening with Uzma Aslam Khan" on 30th May 2018 at 6.30, London, UK

Please join me for a reading and discussion of Thinner Than Skin, just out in the UK.

Date and Time: Wednesday, 30th May 2018 at 6:30.

Location: Lady Violet Room, National Liberal Club, 1 Whitehall Court, LONDON SW1A 2HE

Tickets and Event Details: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/an-evening-with-uzma-aslam-khan-tickets-45657884963

Thank you to Jacaranda Books, The Authors' Club, and The National Liberal Club.

Exciting Events at the University of Rochester in Upstate NY

Come hear us read at the University of Rochester on Friday, January 19, 2018 at 7:00 p.m., at the Welles-Brown Room, Rhush Rhees Library.

If like me you'd rather stay indoors when it's freezing, I won't take it personally.

Though, I'd love to see you, and the reading/conversation could transport you...

Two vital events at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA

The first is “Islamophobia and its Discontents,” a panel discussion on Wednesday April 5th at 6:00 pm West Lecture Hall, FPH, Hampshire College. It will feature the filmmaker Mara Ahmed, who will speak on “Being Muslim in America.” She will be joined by Professors George Fourlas (Philosophy) of Hampshire who will address “Islamophobia as Racism,”and Mehammed Mack (French Literature), Smith College, speaking on “Islamophobia in France.”   

The next day, Thursday April 6th at 5:30 pm, also in West Lecture Hall, Mara Ahmed will present her most recent film, A Thin Wall, which focuses on the 1947 Partition of India but derives lessons that remain urgently relevant today. Shot on both sides of the border, in India and Pakistan, and co-producted by Mara Ahmed and Surbhi Dewan, both descendants of families torn apart by Partition, A Thin Wall is about memory, history, and the possibility of reconciliation, told through stories passed down from one generation to another. It was screened in May 2015 at the Bradford Literature Festival, UK, and officially selected by film festivals in San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Montreal and Dublin. 

The events are sponsored by the Creative Writing Program, South Asian Political Cultures, Eqbal Ahmad Initiative, School of Critical Social Inquiry, Office of Diversity and Multicultural Education, Law Program, Spiritual Life, and Third World Studies.

For more information see: https://www.hampshire.edu/news/2017/03/10/filmmakers-panel-on-islamophobia-being-muslim-in-america

Please spread the word and if you're in the area, see you there!