The Unpublished Reading Series’ Inaugural Event

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We’re happy to pass along this announcement from Hamna Zubair and Zainab Shah. They are combining forces to launch a new reading series in New York City, The Unpublished Reading Series, which is having its inaugural event on August 27th at 7 PM

The Unpublished Reading Series is a space  for writers who are or have been underrepresented in the media — for reasons including, but not limited to, class, race, gender, sexual orientation and ethnicity. The series celebrates, fosters and promotes diversity in fiction, non-fiction, poetry and reportage.

The reading will take place at Louie & Chan (303 Broome Street, New York City 10002). They are bringing together a great mix of writers to share their work and ideas, connect us to their worlds and have a rollicking good time through it all. Here is the line up:

Raza Rumi is a longtime journalist and public policy specialist from Pakistan. He is currently an editor with The FridayTimes weekly, as well as a senior research fellow at the Jinnah Institute in Islamabad. Much of his writing is archived He is also the author of Delhi by Heart: Impressions of a Pakistani Traveler (Harper Collins, 2013).

Matt Choate has worked as a journalist, editor and radio producer in South Africa. He came to New York to study his MFA in creative writing at The New School. Matthew is currently working on a collection of short stories.

Krupa Shandilya is Assistant Professor of Sexuality, Women’s and Gender Studies at Amherst College. The story “Laila” is an excerpt from her first novel Junoon. In the novel, Laila is a companion piece to Majnun, an undiscovered short story by famous Urdu writer.

Swetha Regunathan is a writer, extreme-novice-filmmaker, and doctoral candidate in English literature at Brown University. Before graduate school, she worked at Cambridge University Press in New York, and before that, she received her B.A. in the Unemployable Arts at Columbia University. She has had work published in Guernica, Words Without Borders, Digital Defoe (a scholarly journal) and n+1.

Alison Roh Park is a New York City Native and Kundiman fellow, Pushcart nominated poet, and past winner of the Poetry Society of America New York Chapbook Fellowship and Amy Award. She taught Asian American Studies at Hunter College.

Haroon Moghul has written for The Boston Review, The Guardian, Al-Jazeera, Salon, Foreign Policy and Tikkun.  His novel, The Order of Light (Penguin 2006), anticipated the Arab Spring, describing a suicide by fire that sparked a Middle Eastern uprising; the book was translated into French and published by Le Cherche midi. He’s now working on a series of novels best described as the fusion of Bollywood with Tolkien.

Kayhan Irani was born in Bombay, India and was raised on the mean streets of Queens, NYC. She is an Emmy award winner, a Fulbright Fellow and a Theater of the Oppressed trainer.  Kayhan loves playing theater games.

Raven Jackson’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Kweli Journal, CALYX, Phantom Limb, PANK, and elsewhere. A native of Tennessee, she will be attending New York University’s Graduate Film Program in the fall.

The reading is free and open to all who would like to attend. They’re going to have a drinks special and a little after-party dancing, so be sure to join in the fun!


If you have any questions, you can reach Hamna and Zainab at

We look forward to seeing you at the event!


Toby Wilkinson hits the NYT Bestseller List

We’re thrilled that Toby Wilkinson’s THE RISE AND FALL OF ANCIENT EGYPT (Random House) has hit the New York Times bestseller list! 


“Absolutely divine . . . a thorough, erudite and enthusiastic gallop through an astonishing three thousand years.”—The Sunday Times

“…Mr. Wilkinson…writes with considerable verve, and his narrative provides an acute understanding of how the Egyptian brand of divine kingship evolved over the centuries, how its pharaohs used their mastery of the architectural and decorative arts to glorify themselves (and cement their historical reputations) and how intertwined the monarchy’s power became with religion and the military. Mr. Wilkinson is nimble at conveying the sumptuous pageantry and cultural sophistication of pharaohnic Egypt…In addition [he] provides an intriguing account of how archaeologists and historians have pieced together portraits of ancient Egypt’s kings…”
—The New York Times

HACK ATTACK Publishes in the US

On sale today in the US, Nick Davies’ Hack Attack (Faber & Faber) has already received great praise and plenty of attention on both sides of the Atlantic:



Interview on CNN’s Amanpour 

Long-listed for the 2014 Financial Times & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award 

Named one of the 5 best books about journalism by Esquire (UK) 

Previous advance praise for Hack Attack:

“First in The Guardian and now in this book, the reporting of Nick Davies has revealed the insidious abuse of power—and the public trust—by the Murdoch press from the top down. The British hacking scandal is the ultimate expression of Murdoch culture run amok: corruption in the Fourth Estate as dangerous to democracy as the worst excesses of heads of state.” —Carl Bernstein


“This is the book we’ve been waiting for, the thrilling and important inside story of how a single reporter came through with the truth of the hacking scandal. He exposed shameful intrusions, the years of deceit, lies, and bullying. And he did more. He revealed a rottenness at the heart of British life in the relations of press, police, and Parliament, institutions that, taken as a whole, failed the big test. Hack Attack is an indictment of the worst of journalism, but is itself an exhilarating demonstration of how the best of journalism—hard-won, honest reporting—is the lifeblood of any democracy.” —Sir Harold Evans


Dwight Garner Names His Candidate for Novel of the Summer

We are over the moon about Dwight Garner’s rave review in the New York Times for David Shafer’s WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT (Mulholland Books). As Shafer said yesterday, “I’m just going to sit here and sip this coffee, like nothing’s happening…”  

Garner on Shafer:

Is it too late to nominate a candidate for novel of the summer?

David Shafer’s first book, “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” is a paranoid, sarcastic and clattering pop thriller that reads as if it were torn from the damp pages of Glenn Greenwald’s fever journal.

An amazing first day out for WTF. Don’t forget, Portlanders, that he will be at Powell’s Books tonight at 7:30, reading and signing books.

We can’t help it but quote Garner’s review again:

This is another way of saying that Mr. Shafer gets the playfulness-to-paranoia ratio about exactly right. He also delivers plausibly cool technology — remote seabed units called serve-whales, cloud computing that communicates with, and through, plants.

“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” is a page-turner, yet many more “literary” writers will, I suspect, envy Mr. Shafer’s tactile prose. His eye is hawklike.



It’s here! The day has finally come. The long-awaited debut from David Shafer, WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT is out today from Mulholland Books. Buy it here!

The Committee, an international cabal of industrialists and media barons, is on the verge of privatizing all information. Dear Diary, an idealistic online Underground, stands in the way of that takeover, using radical politics, classic spycraft, and technology that makes Big Data look like dial-up. Into this secret battle stumbles an unlikely trio: Leila Majnoun, a disillusioned non-profit worker; Leo Crane, an unhinged trustafarian; and Mark Deveraux, a phony self-betterment guru who works for the Committee.

In the spirit of William Gibson and Chuck Palahniuk, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is both a suspenseful global thriller and an emotionally truthful novel about the struggle to change the world in- and outside your head.

WTF was listed in TIME Magazine’s ‘Book of the Summer’ predictions and is The ‘Book of the Week’ at Salon.

“My jaw has dropped about 50 times reading this book. Astoundingly good.” —Lev Grossman, bestselling author of The Magicians Trilogy, and Time magazine book critic –  (@leverus)

Rave review in The Seattle Times.

Event this week at Powell’s Books- don’t miss it if you’re in Portland!

 Some lucky followers of Eric Ries are getting free copies:Ries on Twitter

Selected Praise:

“Journalist Shafer hits all the right buttons in his debut, as he mixes crime fiction, espionage, and SF in a darkly comic novel about paranoia and big business… the plot thrives on a realistic approach while seamlessly switching between locales… evokes a chilling, Orwellian society.” -Publisher’s Weekly, starred review

“Shafer’s arch prose, comedic timing and deft feel for shadowy motives in high places are reminiscent of the late Richard Condon (The Manchurian Candidate), only with sweeter, deeper characterizations … An edgy, darkly comedic debut novel whose characters and premise are as up-to-the-minute as an online news feed but as classic as the counterculture rebellions once evoked by Edward Abbey and Ken Kesey.” –Kirkus Reviews

“Shafer etches diamond-sharp and precisely observed contemporary satire of everything from Heathrow Airport to the fatuity of high-tech and celebrity culture.” –Salon, Book of the Week pick

“Hilarious, moving, and wildly ambitious, David Shafer’s Whiskey Tango Foxtrot reads like a plot against America dreamed up by the NSA and then ghostwritten by Don DeLillo-a love story-cum-international thriller about our surveillance society that’s so convincingly paranoid you’ll tape over your webcam. Forget debut: it marks the arrival of a major new writer.”—Adam Ross, New York Times bestselling author of Mr. Peanut

“Roaming from Burma to Oregon to a mysterious ship in the open ocean, David Shafer’s debut novel is a stylish, absorbing, sharply modern hybrid of techno thriller and psychodrama that bristles with wit and intellect and offers a dark, incisive vision of the global consequences of turning our lives into collectable data. This book will stay with you long after you’ve finished it.Maggie Shipstead, author of Astonish Me

“Outlandishly clever. Evoking the technological-paranoia of Philip K. Dick and the verbal pyrotechnics of David Foster Wallace, Shafer’s digital take-over is absurdly comical and all too familiar. The characters are complicated, fascinating, and fully engaging while the threats feel frighteningly real.”—Joe Meno, author of The Great Perhaps

“David Shafer’s amazing debut novel should be a controlled substance, its addictive quotient of the highest order. I devoured it imagining this is what a brainstorming event between Thomas Pynchon and Edward Snowden would deliver.”—Bob Shacochis, author of The Woman Who Lost Her Soul

“Hilarious and chilling, fast-paced and thoughtful, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is literary entertainment of the highest order. While the novel reads like a comic thriller, it speaks powerfully to our over-connected, over-watched, privacy-depleted moment. I admire the hell out of it.”—Ken Kalfus, National Book Award nominated author of Equilateral

“A Graham Greene novel written by Edward Snowden. The Anonymous novel I have been waiting for — a stiletto thriller of the too-real panopticon digitizing our every breath nowadays.”—Tom Paine, author of Scar Vegas




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