Watch Love Live!

Did you miss a reading of Love, InshAllah when we came to your hometown? Don't fret, our dear friend Omar Mendoza put together this short video of selected readings from our event at LA's fabulous bookstore, Book Soup. Enjoy!Love Inshallah. Selected readings at Book Soup. (Los Angeles) from Omar Mendoza on Vimeo. … [Read more...]

The Love Tour heads to Detroit!

The 2nd phase of our Love Tour has begun! With editor Nura's recent move to Chicago, we're kicking off a series of book events in the Midwest.Our first stop -- The Motor City, Detroit, Michigan. We were invited by Wayne State graduate student Sumaya Haji-Jama who, along with fellow organizer Fadumo Abdi, put together a fabulous reading at Seva Detroit, a local, delicious vegetarian restaurant.We were thrilled to be joined by a such an energetic and engaged audience that included … [Read more...]

The Love Tour goes to Humboldt County

Nura is back in San Francisco for two weeks and we've been having a glorious Bay Area and NorCal book tour, including readings in SF, Menlo Park, Milpitas, Mill Valley (at Throckmorton Theater with author Jane Ganahl) and waaaay up north near the Oregon border in Arcata, CA.Why Arcata? Nine years ago Nura met not only her hot personal trainer Rohan (whom she writes about in Love InshAllah) during her year in Sri Lanka as a Fulbright scholar, but also the wonderful Hughes family. Her fellow … [Read more...]

The Love Tour – Day 18, LA Glam

Nura & I were joined by four of our fabulous writers - Asiila Imani, Nijla Mu'min, Tanzila Ahmed & Zahra Noorbakhsh - in LA for a reading at Book Soup on Saturday.Another standing room only crowd with the surprise twist of running into the wonderful comedians Whoopi Goldberg and Amy Poehler amidst the bookshelves!Quintessential LA glam :)Part of the Book Soup audienceLove InshAllah writers (L to R): Zahra Noorbakhsh, Tanzila Ahmed, Nijla Mu'min, Nura Maznavi, Ayesha … [Read more...]

Last night in DC

We're wrapping up our East Coast swing -- today was our last full day in DC. Tomorrow we head back to California and will be ending our official book tour this weekend in Los Angeles at the Book Soup.We've been amazed and inspired by the energy and enthusiasm of the crowds at our readings. It's been wonderful connecting with readers across the country and hearing YOUR stories.A few more media hits from the past couple of days, including Dawn, Pakistan's leading English daily, Southern … [Read more...]

Friday at the Met!

It's been a beautifully hectic week!Thanks to all our readers for your love and support as we make our way down the East Coast. There's something very special happening here - as we move from town to town the conversation and energy are swelling.We took the afternoon off to visit the renovated Islamic wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art -- incredible! Our Love Tour blog posts from Boston and NYC are coming, but in the meantime, here is some additional press coverage of Love … [Read more...]

The Love Tour – Day 7, V-day!

Our Valentine's Day started bright and early -- we were guests on the NPR show "The Takeaway" and had to be at the studio by 6:30am.  We got a kick out of recording in the same studio for one of our favorite NPR shows, "The World!"From the studio, we went straight to the airport -- on to New York City! Within an hour of landing in the Big Apple, we were chatting with the folks from the South Asian Journalists Association on their afternoon webcast.Our radio interviews weren't … [Read more...]

The Love Tour – Day 6, Beantown!

We took a red-eye flight out of San Francisco the night of our launch party to head straight to Boston to start our East Coast leg of the Love Tour.  (Note: Redeyes are always better in idea than practice.)First up was Boston University. We were delighted to be the guests of Professor Kecia Ali, who had us speak to her intro to Islam class. The students were assigned a couple of stories to prep for the class, and Ayesha read an excerpt aloud from her story for the first time.  The thoughtful … [Read more...]

The Love Tour – Day 4, Launch Party!

Feeling the love from San Francisco - the beautiful city where the idea for 'Love InshAllah' was born - as friends and family came together to celebrate Muslim women's literary voices tonight!One of the most striking things about our events so far? How much laughter there is at the gatherings. Such joy, love, and excitement coursing through the crowds as people - especially women - connect with each other.(Lto R) Nura Maznavi, Suzanne Syeda Shah, and Huda al-MarashiSome of our … [Read more...]

The Love Tour – Day 2, San Francisco

Our favorite SF bookstore: The Booksmith!The writers, (L to R) Nura Maznavi, Ayesha Mattu, Leila Khan, Zahra Noorbakhsh, & Tanzila AhmedAn amazing 150-person turnout!DAY TWO of the LOVE TOURWOW! What an amazing reading tonight at SF's beautiful independent bookstore, The Booksmith!You work on a book for years in quiet solitude, then it's published and, suddenly, it takes on a vibrant and separate life of its own. The energy, excitement and love were palpable in the air … [Read more...]