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LIC Reading Series: Rumaan Alam, Hala Alyan, Porochista Khakpour

It’s a night of rockstars at LIC Reading Series. Come listen to readings and a panel discussion with Rumaan Alam (THAT KIND OF MOTHER), Hala Alyan (SALT HOUSES), and Porochista Khakpour (SICK).

7/E/M/G to Court Square
Raffle prizes for the audience!
The Astoria Bookshop will be onsite selling our readers’ books.

About our readers:

RUMAAN ALAM is the author of the novels Rich and Pretty and That Kind of Mother. His writing has appeared in New York, Buzzfeed, the Wall Street Journal, the New Republic, and elsewhere. He is an editor at the New York Times.

HALA ALYAN is a Palestinian American writer and clinical psychologist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Guernica and elsewhere. Her poetry collections have won the Arab American Book Award and the Crab Orchard Series. Her debut novel, Salt Houses, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2017, and was longlisted for the Aspen Words Literary Prize.

POROCHISTA KHAKPOUR’s debut novel Sons and Other Flammable Objects was a New York Times Editor’s Choice, one of the Chicago Tribune’s Fall’s Best, and the 2007 California Book Award winner in the “First Fiction” category. Her second novel The Last Illusion was a 2014 “Best Book of the Year” according to NPR, Kirkus, Buzzfeed, Popmatters, Electric Literature, and many more. Among her many fellowships is a National Endowment for the Arts award. Her nonfiction has appeared in many sections of The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Elle, Slate, Salon, and Bookforum, among many others. Currently, she is guest faculty at VCFA and Stonecoast’s MFA programs as well as Contributing Editor at The Evergreen Review. Born in Tehran and raised in the Los Angeles area, she lives in New York City’s Harlem.

This event is made possible in part by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


June 12, 2018
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


LIC Reading Series


45-58 Vernon Boulevard
Long Island City
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