Next up on this Thursday’s Frunchroom lineup is Sahar Mustafah.
Sahar is a native of Chicago who grew up on the South Side of Chicago in the Gage Park neighborhood. She is also the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, a richly complex inheritance she explores in her fiction.
Her award-winning short story collection Code of the West centers on native and immigrant Palestinians. Her short stories have been awarded the Guild Literary Complex Prize for fiction, a Distinguished Story honor by Best American Short Stories 2016, and two Pushcart Prize and a Best of the Net nominations. She is co-founder of Bird’s Thumb, a publishing project devoted to new, emerging and established writers.
Sahar is at work on her first novel about a hate crime shooting that takes place outside of Chicago. It is forthcoming next year by W. W. Norton.
Sahar currently lives in Orland Park and has taught delightfully misunderstood teenagers for over twenty years. Her story is about the internalized racism she experienced growing up on the South Side. Join her and four other readers this Thursday at 730pm at Beverly Arts Center.