Join us on Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at 6:30 pm for a ZOOM conversation with author Nawaaz Ahmed. Presented in conversation with SNMA Executive Director Hunter O\u2019Hanian, Nawaaz will discuss his latest book, Radiant Fugitives.\r\n\r\nThe event is free, open to the public, and conducted via ZOOM.\r\nUpon registering a link and password will be automatically emailed to you.\r\n\r\nBook Synopsis\r\nRadiant Fugitives is a dazzling, operatic debut novel following three generations of a Muslim Indian family confronted with a nation on the brink of change.\r\n\r\nWorking as a consultant for Kamala Harris\u2019s attorney general campaign in Obama-era San Francisco, Seema has constructed a successful life for herself in the West, despite still struggling with her father\u2019s long-ago decision to exile her from the family after she came out as lesbian. Now, nine months pregnant and estranged from the Black father of her unborn son, Seema seeks solace in the company of those she once thought lost to her: her ailing mother, Nafeesa, traveling alone to California from Chennai, and her devoutly religious sister, Tahera, a doctor living in Texas with her husband and children.\r\n\r\nBut instead of a joyful reconciliation anticipating the birth of a child, the events of this fateful week unearth years of betrayal, misunderstanding, and complicated layers of love\u2014a tapestry of emotions as riveting and disparate as the era itself.\r\n\r\nTold from the point of view of Seema\u2019s child at the moment of his birth, and infused with the poetry of Wordsworth and Keats and verses from the Quran, Radiant Fugitives is a moving tale of a family and a country grappling with acceptance, forgiveness, and enduring love.\r\n\r\nAbout Nawaaz Ahmed\r\nNawaaz Ahmed was born in Tamil Nadu, India. Before turning to writing, he was a computer scientist, researching search algorithms for Yahoo. He holds an MFA from University of Michigan\u2013Ann Arbor and is the recipient of residencies at MacDowell, Yaddo, Djerassi, and VCCA. He\u2019s also a Kundiman and Lambda Literary Fellow. His debut novel \u2018Radiant Fugitives\u2019 (2021) was longlisted for The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. He currently lives in Brooklyn.