Somaiya Daud with Arkady Martine
Somaiya Daud’s event with us for her debut young adult fantasy novel, Mirage (Flatiron), a book influenced by the author's Moroccan heritage and her love of Arabic poetry, was one of 2018’s summer season highlights. Mirage was named a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, a Booklist Top 10 Scifi/Fantasy Book for Youth, an IndieNext Pick and a Children's Africana Book Award Honor Book for Older Readers. She returns to us virtually for an early evening reading and conversation in celebration of the second and final novel in this series, Court of Lions. In this book, poetic dreamer Amani has been torn from the boy she loves and has given up contact with her fellow rebels to protect her family. In taking risks for the rebel cause, Amani may have lost Princess Maram's trust forever. But the princess is more complex than she seems.
"Lush and dangerous, Mirage had me entranced. Amani's journey--from rural innocent to calculating young woman, from village girl to royal impersonator--is galactic. Daud's novel asks, 'what does it mean to impersonate your enemy?' And the answer she provides here is nothing short of thrilling. I was here for all of it, and I desperately need to know what happens next." --Tochi Onyebuchi, author of Beasts Made of Night.
“In the conclusion to the Mirage duology, identity and self-acceptance are inextricably tied to revolution and the dismantling of colonial oppression and power...Daud continues to explore aspects of colonialism, from cultural erasure to self-hatred, action versus complicity, and liberation from structural oppression. ”-Kirkus Reviews.
Somaiya Daud, a former bookseller at Politics and Prose, recently received a Ph. D in English Literature studies with a focus on world literature and nineteenth-century orientalism at the University of Washington. She will appear in conversation with speculative fiction writer Arkady Martine, author of A Memory Called Empire (Tor). Arkady Martine is also known as Dr. AnnaLinden Weller, a historian of the Byzantine Empire and a city planner.