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Discussing literature, Muslim life in America, and American Dervish with Ayad Akhtar

By Elizabeth Taylor

March 2, 2012

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It has been a good year already for novelist and playwright Ayad Akhtar. His debut novel, “American Dervish,” has garnered high praise. Tribune theater critic Chris Jones enthusiastically embraced “Disgraced,” a play at the American Theater Company.  He’s also a movie star: Check out his performance in “Too Big To Fail.”

We’re delighted that Akhtar will  appear on stage in conversation with Chris Jones on Thursday, March 13,  at Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2344 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. The program, part of our Printers Row Live series of events, begins at 7 p.m., with an author’s reception at 6:30 p.m. for Printers Row members. Tickets can be found here.

For Akhtar, this is a bit of a homecoming, a return to the Midwest. Akhtar was born and raised Milwaukee, much like the central character of “American Dervish,” a Muslim boy growing up in 1980s America.

“American Dervish” is a great coming-of-age story, dealing not only with cross-cultural understanding but also with the universal experience of learning how to understand – and love – your family.

We hope you will join us for what promises to be an engaging event. Akhtar is a great storyteller.

For information, visit chicagotribune.com/printersrow. And while you’re there, let us know what you think of Printers Row Journal and the weekly Printers Row Fiction series.

-- Elizabeth Taylor, Literary Editor

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