A reading group focusing on literature through a queer lens, hosted monthly at Chicago’s premier bookstore for the LGBTQ community. Alternating between the “classics” of gay fiction and contemporary, historically underrepresented voices, we read to explore queer experience across literary genres and eras! Join us in a friendly discussion once a month! For questions about this book club, email Matt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This month the Queer Book Club will meet to discuss God in Pink by Hasan Namir! Join us on Tuesday, May 30th or Wednesday, May31st at 7:30pm.
Lambda Literary Award winner, Best Gay Fiction
A revelatory novel about being queer and Muslim, set in war-torn Iraq in 2003. Ramy is a young gay Iraqi struggling to find a balance between his sexuality, religion, and culture. Ammar is a sheikh whose guidance Ramy seeks, and whose tolerance is tested by his belief in the teachings of the Qur'an. Full of quiet moments of beauty and raw depictions of violence, God in Pink poignantly captures the anguish and the fortitude of Islamic life in Iraq.
Hasan Namir was born in Iraq in 1987 and immigrated to Canada with his family. He has a BA in English from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, where he won the Ying Chen Award in creative writing. God in Pink is his first novel.