Conversations with Authors - Zeyn Joukhadar (Virtual Event)

Sunday, December 6, 2020 - 4:00pm


Sunday, December 6th • 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET

Zeyn Joukhadar

in conversation with Catherine Hernandez

Conversations with Authors is our free virtual event series! Join us throughout the week at 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET for a new chat with a different author.


Zeyn Joukhadar’s The Thirty Names of Night is a remarkably moving and lyrical novel that follows three generations of Syrian Americans who are linked by a mysterious species of bird and the truths they carry close to their hearts.

Zeyn Joukhadar is the author of The Map of Salt and Stars, which has been translated into twenty languages, was a 2018 Middle East Book Award winner in Youth Literature, a 2018 Goodreads Choice Awards Finalist in Historical Fiction and was shortlisted for the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize. He is a member of the Radius of Arab American Writers (RAWI) and his work has appeared or is forthcoming in KINK: Stories (edited by RO Kwon & Garth Greenwell), Salon, The Paris Review, Shondaland, [PANK], and elsewhere, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net. Joukhadar has received fellowships from the Montalvo Arts Center Lucas Artists Program, the Arab American National Museum, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Camargo Foundation, and the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation.

Catherine Hernandez is a proud queer woman of colour, radical mother, theatre practitioner, award-winning author, and the Artistic Director of b current performing arts. Catherine’s first full-length fiction, Scarborough, won the Jim Wong-Chu Award for the unpublished manuscript and was shortlisted for various awards. Her one-woman show, The Femme Playlist, premiered at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in 2014 as part of the afterRock Play Series co-produced by b current, Eventual Ashes and Sulong Theatre. She has released two children’s books, M is for Mustache: A Pride ABC Book and I Promise, and her second novel, Crosshairs, is coming soon.


Below, please find links to purchase their books.


The Thirty Names of Night: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982121495
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Published: Atria Books - November 24th, 2020

Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2020 by The Millions, Electric Literature, Bustle, and HuffPost
Named a Best Book of Fall by USA TODAY, PopSugar, Alma, and Goodreads

The author of the “vivid and urgent…important and timely” (The New York Times Book Review) debut The Map of Sa

The Map of Salt and Stars: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501169052
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Published: Atria Books - March 12th, 2019

This powerful and lyrical debut novel is to Syria what The Kite Runner was to Afghanistan; the story of two girls living eight hundred years apart—a modern-day Syrian refugee seeking safety and an adventurous mapmaker’s apprentice—“perfectly aligns with the cultural moment” (The Providence Journal) and “shows how interconnected two suppos

Scarborough Cover Image
ISBN: 9781551526775
Availability: Special Order
Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - May 2nd, 2017

Scarborough is a low-income, culturally diverse neighborhood east of Toronto, the fourth largest city in North America; like many inner city communities, it suffers under the weight of poverty, drugs, crime, and urban blight.

I Promise Cover Image
By Catherine Hernandez (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Syrus Marcus Ware (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781551527796
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Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - October 15th, 2019

Catherine Hernandez's debut novel Scarborough was shortlisted for a Lambda Literary Award, the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, and the Trillium Prize, Ontario's richest literary award. Her latest, I Promise, is a beautiful tribute to the resiliency of diverse families.

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Crosshairs: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982146023
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Atria Books - December 8th, 2020

The author of the acclaimed novel Scarborough weaves an unforgettable and timely dystopian tale about a near-future, where a queer Black performer and his allies join forces to rise up when an oppressive regime gathers those deemed “Other” into concentration camps.

Set in a terrifyingly familiar near-future, with massive floods leading to rampant homelessness and d

The Femme Playlist / I Cannot Lie to the Stars That Made Me Cover Image
ISBN: 9781770919099
Availability: Special Order
Published: Playwrights Canada Press - September 4th, 2018

Two emotionally unrestrained plays that reveal the reality of living as a queer woman of color. The Femme Playlist shows what it's like to be sexy and proud, slutty and loud, queer and brown. I Cannot Lie to the Stars That Made Me is a guide to mourning and healing for women of color, written after Hernandez and her daughter left an abusive relationship.