G. Willow Wilson & Lev Grossman
Where: Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton St.
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G. Willow Wilson‘s debut novel Alif the Unseen was an NPR and Washington Post Best Book of the Year, and it established her as a vital Muslim-American literary voice. Now she brings us The Bird King, a stunning new novel set in the royal court of Granada, the last emirate of Muslim Spain. The story follows strong-willed concubine Fatima and her best friend Hassan, a mapmaker with the secret power to draw maps that bend the shape of reality. As Fatima and Hassan flee the Inquisition with the help of a clever jinn, The Bird King asks us to consider the price of love and freedom at a time when the West and the Muslim world were not yet separate. “G. Willow Wilson has a deft hand with myth and with magic, and the kind of smart, honest writing mind that knits together and bridges cultures and people.” (Neil Gaiman). Wilson discusses her new book, which was selected as the Greenlight First Editions Club pick for March, with Lev Grossman, New York Times bestselling author of the Magicians trilogy.