If You’re in San Francisco Tomorrow: Forthcoming Poetry and Prose from Iraq, Palestine, and Lebanon

If you’re in the Bay Area tomorrow, don’t miss readings by translator Kareem James Abu-Zeid from three forthcoming works:

2booksThe event, which will be held at the Fort Mason Reader’s Bookstore at 6:30 p.m., will feature excerpts from three forthcoming works. The first is Palestinian poet Najwan Darwish’s Nothing More to Lose, which — for the first time in English — brings together a selection of poems by the acclaimed poet, from his earliest work written in the late 1990s to his most recent in 2013.

The second is Iraqi poet Dunya Mikhail’s The Iraqi Nightsset to come out from New Directions this year. The his is Mikhail’s third collection and takes The One Thousand and One Nights as its central theme.

The third book is multi-award-winning Rabee Jaber’s Confessions, forthcoming in 2015 from New Directions, the second novel of Jaber’s that Abu-Zeid has translated. The first was The Mehlis Report, which came out in 2013, a book Abu-Zeid had long wanted to translate.

Abu-Zeid has called this a “low-key event,” but it’s certain to be an interesting one. So if you can make it:

Readers Bookstore, Fort Mason
Building C
Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, 94123