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Book of the Quarter

The Butterfly Mosque, Winter 2012

Winter 2012

Saint Clare Room, 3rd Floor
Learning Commons, Technology Center, & Library
Thursday, March 1
4 - 5:30 p.m.

The Library is pleased to host G. Willow Wilson discussing her memoir, The Butterfly Mosque, as the Winter 2012 Book of the Quarter. This book has been chosen because it is one of the two selections for this year's Silicon Valley Reads, a program which is presented annually by the San José Public Library Foundation, the Santa Clara County Library, and the Santa Clara County Office of Education.

Wilson will discuss this memoir and answer questions from the Muslim Student Association and Professor Philip (Boo) Riley, Religious Studies Department. 

The Book of the Quarter event will be held Thursday, March 1 beginning at 4 p.m. in the Saint Clare Room on the 3rd floor of the Learning Commons. The event is free and open to the public. It is not necessary to read the book to attend the event, but copies are available for purchase in the campus bookstore. Additionally, Wilson will be available to autograph books at the end of the program.

About the Book

The Butterfly Mosque, journalist G. Willow Wilson's remarkable story of converting to Islam and falling in love with an Egyptian man in a volatile post-9/11 world, was praised as "an eye-opening look at a misunderstood and often polarizing faith" (Booklist) and "a tremendously heartfelt, healing crosscultural fusion" (Publishers Weekly).

About the Author

G. Willow Wilson is an American author and essayist who divides her time between Egypt and the US. Her articles about modern religion and the Middle East have appeared in publications including The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, and Canada's National Post. Her memoir, The Butterfly Mosque, was named 'Best Book of the Year 2010' by The Seattle Times, and her DC/Vertigo comic book series, Air, was nominated for an Eisner Award. She has also written Cairo, an original graphic novel published by Vertigo, as well as Vixen: Return of the Lion, a DC miniseries.

To learn more about Wilson, visit her website.

Oct 8, 2015