Farooq Ahmed & Leland Cheuk
Farooq Ahmed, a Los Angeles based writer and biochemist whose work has appeared in Nature and in the Financial Times, reads from Kansastan (7.13), a novel set in a dystopic Kansas besieged by its neighboring state, Missouri. “Halal fiction, blessed with an intensely stylized, lyrical syntax. The narrator's voice summons the faithful more clearly than a muezzin's call. Kansastan offers us the pure truth of divinity--or, closer to reality, a wildly intelligent caper.”-Amitava Kumar.
Brooklyn writer Leland Cheuk, who last visited Elliott Bay to read from The Misadventures of Sulliver Pong, returns tonight to read from No Good, Very Bad Asian (C&R Press), in which a Chinese American man dodges his parents’ expectations for him (marriage, corporate or medical career) to become a stand up comedian. “Leland Cheuck’s No Good, Very Bad Asian tears the tarp from the Asian American experience and exposes its deepest desires and fears. It articulates perfectly the amusements that make the entire room uncomfortable. Cringing never felt so good.”-Ed Lin.