Monday, November 30, 2015

Meatless Monday

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Reviewing final galleys of JIHADI: A LOVE STORY ...

... the book designed to drive typesetters insane.

As an editor, I have walked lots of people through this. Now my turn to let go of the balloon, watch it fly.

Hoping to have it done and back to the publisher Monday, Godwilling, with ebook available December 24.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Should we wear armbands?

And 28% of GOP looks me in the eye and assures me that Donald Trump, having called for the registration of a religious minority, should have access to nuclear weapons. Very scary times.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The 100 Greatest Novels of All Time

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The Works In Progress

So I have reams of notes on two novels. The Big One, Freed, goes into the #3 slot, and it looks like my second novel is <Title Here>, which I'm prepping as the follow-up to JIHADI: A LOVE STORY.

Monday, November 16, 2015

The Coexistence Imperative

First, I'm a Muslim.

Second, Muslims are disproportionately the victims of global terrorist cults like Isis.

Third, what Isis is after is a world in which coexistence is impossible -- and sometimes others want the same thing.

From nothing, who I am is the possibility of coexistence and acceptance.

Coexistence is a global strategic imperative, now more than ever. It is not something optional, for Muslims or anyone else.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Won't Back Down -- #freespeech and JIHADI: A LOVE STORY

So grateful +Karen Sullivan is my publisher.

She is standing strong in the face of calls to cancel or postpone JIHADI: A LOVE STORY.


How to Be Brave

Louise Beech's remarkable debut follows two paths that might at first seem not to intersect: twenty-first-century juvenile diabetes and World War II. But the common links -- courage and the power of storytelling -- connect powerfully, and the novel that results is both compelling and unforgettable. Just as amazing are the two real-life inspirations of the story.

Order it here.

Saturday, November 14, 2015


Condolences are due to the families who have lost loved ones in the deep, shameful barbarity of the ‪Paris‬ carnage.

A sad day for humanity. Again.  A dark day, and a sense of darker days ahead, of time on earth being precious. No telling what is next after this brutality.

For some reason, reading good books seems more important now than yesterday morning, seems a more political act.