Harvard Book Store presents: Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson
“Wilson has a Dickensian gift for summoning a city and peopling it with memorable characters…It doesn’t take magical powers to predict it will be one of the year’s best-loved books.” –The Washington Post “Fast paced [and] imaginative… For those who view American fiction as provincial, or dominated by competent but safe work, Wilson’s novel offers a resounding, heterodox alternative.” –The New York Times Book Review An Indie Next selection for July and garnering rave reviews and accolades from Matt Ruff, Neil Gaiman and Gregory Maguire, ALIF THE UNSEEN is an enchanting, incredibly timely adventure that begins with Alif, a young hacker in an unnamed emirate. Tormented by love and on the run from the security state, Alif stars in this smart and beguiling tale of "hacktivism" in the Middle East, a magical story complete with jinn and a Lexicon of the Unseen where gaming culture collides full-tilt with The Thousand and One Nights. Wilson is the author of the acclaimed graphic novels Cairo, Air and a reboot of the Vixen series as well as a memoir, The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman's Journey to Love and Islam, as well as many published pieces on Islam, and the politics of faith in both the US and the Middle East. ALIF THE UNSEEN was born out of Wilson’s growing awareness that serious change was being set in motion in the Middle East through the increasing popularity of social media and the new conversations that the internet had made possible. Wilson’s awareness quickly proved accurate, and the book, finished just before the protests broke out in Tahrir Square, assumed an eerie prescience as the Arab Spring bloomed all over the region. Please join Willow in this online interactive video chat discussion hosted by Harvard Book Store on Tuesday, August 21, from 9-10pm ET.