You won’t want to miss the literary talent in Chi-town this Sunday! The powerhouse lineup includes a renowned Iraqi novelist, a veteran crime writer, and the co-founder of the Quickies! reading series.
Mahmoud Saeed is a prominent and award-winning Iraqi novelist. He has written more than 20 novels and short story collections, including Port Said and Other Stories, which was published in 1957. The first military-Baathist Iraqi government seized two of his novels in 1963. Saeed was imprisoned several times and he left Iraq in 1985 after the authorities banned the publication of some of his novels, including Zanka bin Baraka (1970), which nevertheless won the Ministry of Information Award in 1993. His new novel The World in Angel’s Eyes will be published in Cairo, Egypt. You can read more about Mahmoud Saeed at http://www.arabworldbooks.com/authors/mahmoud_saeed.html
Sam Reaves has written seven Chicago-based crime novels, including the Cooper MacLeish series, the Dooley series and the forthcoming stand-alone Mean Town Blues. Under the pen name Dominic Martell he has authored a European-based suspense trilogy. Reaves has traveled widely in Europe and the Middle East but has lived in the Chicago area most of his life. He has worked as a teacher and a translator. More about Sam Reaves at http://www.samreaves.com/
Lindsay Hunter is a writer living in Chicago. She is the co-founder and co-host of the Quickies! reading series. Her work has previously been published in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and Nerve, and is forthcoming in Featherproof as well as Make Magazine.