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ASU Book Group to discuss novel about Brooklyn

March 12, 2012

The ASU Book Group will discuss Miral al-Tahawy’s novel “Brooklyn Heights” at its next meeting, from noon to 1 p.m., March 28, in Piper Writers House, Tempe campus.

Al-Tahawy is an assistant professor of Arabic language and Middle East/Islamic Studies at ASU. “Brooklyn Heights” was named “best novel” for 2011 by the Website Arabic Literature (in English). It was shortlisted for the 2011 International Prize for Arabic Fiction – the “Arab Booker Prize” – and it won the 2010 Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature.

Al-Tahawy will join the Book Group to discuss her novel. The book group is open to all ASU faculty, staff, students, alumni and retirees. For more information, contact Judith Smith at 480-965-4821 or

The ASU Book Group meets the last Wednesday of each month at Piper Writers House. The book for April 25 is “”Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston. Neal Lester, ASU dean of humanities, will lead the discussion.