Ayad Akhtar

Portrait of Ayad Akhtar, author of "American Dervish" a novel of growing up Muslim in America, outside the American Theater in Chicago, Friday, Jan. 6, 2012. Akhtar is also the writer of the play "Disgraced," being produced at the American Theater later this month.

( Antonio Perez, Chicago Tribune )

Portrait of Ayad Akhtar, author of "American Dervish" a novel of growing up Muslim in America, outside the American Theater in Chicago, Friday, Jan. 6, 2012. Akhtar is also the writer of the play "Disgraced," being produced at the American Theater later this month.

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