Festival 2017 – Who’s Coming

Hasan Namir

Hasan Namir has written a debut novel about being queer and Muslim set in 2003 war-torn Iraq.  One of the Globe 100 Best Books of the Year, God in Pink calls for equality and respect for all human beings and questions why the gay characters shouldn’t actively participate in Islam – none of them abandon their religion as it is such a large part of their identity.  The book won the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Fiction.

Here’s a link with a short documentary about Hasan and his own experience as an Iraqi gay muslim:

   

Check out the Sidney and Peninsula Literary Festival here

 

 

Hiromi Goto…

writes stories that mix fantasy, magical realism, Japanese tales, and immigrant alienation.  Like a Hieronymus Bosch painting come to life, the characters battle in a half world to fight evil and restore cosmic balance.  “Award-winning author Hiromi Goto’s novel is an adventurous, genre-bending fantasy of shape-shifting characters, tortured half lives, and redemption.” – The Cooke Agency