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National Book Foundation Presents: The 2022 National Book Awards
Saturday, November 19 @ 10:30 am
Auditorium (Building 1, 2nd Floor, Room 1261)
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States
The National Book Foundation presents the 2022 National Book Award longlisters, finalists, and winners, in an annual super-sized showcase of readings and conversation, moderated by Ruth Dickey, executive director of the National Book Foundation. Featuring Fatimah Asghar, Derrick Barnes, Isaac Blum, Sarah Booker, Traci Chee, Johnnie Christmas, Jennifer Croft, Ramona Emerson, Jonathan Escoffery, Tess Gunty, Allison Adele Hedge Coke, Natalie Hodges, Jamil Jan Kochai, Shahriar Mandanipour, Megan McDowell, Leigh Newman, Toluse Olorunnipa, Megan O’Rourke, Mark Polizzotti, Roger Reeves, Sonora Reyes, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Marytza K. Rubio, Robert Samuels, Sherry Shenoda, Sarah Thankam Mathews, Alejandro Varela, Sherri Winston, and Shelley Wong.
This in-person program will also be livestreamed at MiamiBookFairOnline.com.
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- Saturday, November 19
- 10:30 am
Fatimah Asghar, the author of If They Come for Us, is a poet, filmmaker, educator, and performer. They are the writer and co-creator of Brown Girls, an Emmy-nominated web series highlighting friendships between women of color. Along with Safia Elhillo, they are the editor of Halal If You Hear Me, an anthology that celebrates Muslim writers who are also women, queer, gender-nonconforming, and/or trans. In When We Were Sisters: A Novel (One World), Asghar traces the intense bond of three orphaned siblings who, after their parents die, are left to raise one another. The youngest, Kausar, grapples with the incomprehensible loss of their parents as she also charts out her understanding of gender; Aisha, the middle sister, spars with her “crybaby” younger sibling as she desperately tries to hold on to her sense of family in an impossible situation; and Noreen, the eldest, does her best in the role of sister-mother while also trying to create a life for herself, on her own terms. When We Were Sisters examines the bonds and fractures of sisterhood, the perils facing Muslim American girls alone against the world, and show how those who’ve lost everything might still make homes in one another.