Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20070921
Raised in London by his Irish mother after his Lebanese father died when he was two, Naeem Murr now lives in the United States. He discusses his 2007 novel, The Perfect Man, which was long-listed for the 2006 Booker Prize in the United Kingdom. Set in small-town Missouri with a wide range of characters, the work has been compared to Faulkner’s fiction. Murr discusses how his training in engineering has affected the structure of his three novels, and how his time spent in Missouri inspired the setting for this particular work.
Arab-American poet Naomi Shihab Nye, whose numerous books of poetry, essays and stories have delighted children and adults alike, reads her poem "Famous" that was recently turned into picture book and discusses what inspired her exploration of the...
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