Foreign correspondent and novelist Masha Hamilton, author of The Camel Bookmobile and 31 Hours, is coming to Asheville for several events in June.
On Thursday, June 3rd, Masha will conduct a free writing workshop at Malaprop’s in Asheville. The workshop, “From Fact to Fiction” will discuss how to use real life to jump-start or deepen your fiction. Writers should bring pen and paper, and be prepared to do some writing exercises. The workshop begins at 5pm.
Reading & Booksigning
Following the workshop, at 7pm, Masha will read from her new novel, 31 Hours, also at Malaprop’s.
31 Hours is a timely novel about a mother whose earnest, liberal college-age son converts to Islam and, out of a confused desire to right the world’s wrongs, enlists as a suicide bomber. His mother wakes knowing, as deeply as a mother’s blood can know, that her son is going to do something dangerous, something deadly. 31 Hours follows her, and a group of New Yorkers, as they search frantically for him in the final 31 hours before he detonates his bomb.
Informed by her work in Afghanistan and throughout the Middle East, 31 Hours explores how the best intentions can be perverted, gives us a glimpse inside a terrorist cell in NYC.
Blue Ridge Book Festival
Masha Hamilton will also be speaking at the Blue Ridge Book Festival at the Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock on Saturday, June 5. Full details at http://www.blueridgebookfest.org/
Full disclosure: I work for Masha Hamilton's publisher (and occasionally for Malaprop's), but that doesn't change the fact that I think 31 hours is a powerful and important novel.