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OCOB 2017: The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman's Journey to Love and Islam

Journalist G. Willow Wilson, a white woman born in Colorado, relates the remarkable story of her conversion to Islam and her marriage to an Egyptian man in a volatile post-9/11 world. Settling in Cairo, their relationship challenges their assumptions about family, belief, and tradition. Navigating between the secular West and the Muslim East, Wilson attempts to forge a "third culture" that might accommodate her values without compromising them or her friends and family on both sides of the divide.butterfly4

"Absorbing...Intelligently written and passionately rendered...A remarkable hourney, one that illuminates the humanity in us all."  -- The Seattle Times

"A gorgeously written memoir about what it means to be human in a fractured world, told with warmth and wit to spare."  -- Reza Aslan, author of No God but God

Copies of this book can be found at Prairie Lights, Iowa Hawk Shop, Iowa Book & Supply, UI Main Library & Iowa City Public, Coralville Public, and North Liberty Community Libraries.

Join us on October 8th, 2017, at 2pm on the Hadley Stage at Hancher to hear Wilson's lecture, "A Superhero for Generation Why." This is a free event.

"G. Willow Wilson is a superhero who employs her literary powers to address pressing issues including religious intolerance and gender politics. In fiction, nonfiction, and comics, the American convert to Islam has distinguished herself as a writer of remarkable originality and insight. In her lecture, Wilson uses the challenges Ms. Marvel—a Pakistani-American Muslim teenager—faces as a parallel for the challenges of a misunderstood generation: the millennials. She’ll discuss the genesis of Ms. Marvel, her roots in the historical science fiction/fantasy tradition, and the significance of writing a superhero for a millennial (and wider) audience." -- Hancher website

This event kicks off the Hancher initiative, Embracing Complexity, and the first event of the 2017 Iowa City Book Festival, a program of the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature Organization.