Isabella Hammad - "Enter Ghost" - Eve L. Ewing

Tuesday, October 10, 2023 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Isabella Hammad

Isabella Hammad will discuss Enter Ghost: A Novel. She will be joined in conversation by Eve L. Ewing. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

This event will be held in person at The Seminary Co-op.


About the Book: National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Honoree Isabella Hammad’s debut novel The Parisian was praised by the New York Times Book Review as a “dazzling…deeply-imagined historical novel” was a love story set amidst the political tumult of Palestine in the early 20th century, and was awarded the Sue Kaufman Prize, Betty Trask, and the Plimpton Prize. Hammad’s powerful new novel Enter Ghost invites readers to contemporary occupied Palestine, following London-based actress Sonia Nasir as she returns to Palestine on a long-delayed family visit, where she takes a role in a West Bank production of Hamlet.
A stunning rendering of present-day Palestine, Enter Ghost is a story of diaspora, displacement, and the connection to be found in family and shared resistance. Timely, thoughtful, and passionate, Isabella Hammad’s highly anticipated second novel is an exquisite feat, an unforgettable story of artistry under occupation.

About the Author: Isabella Hammad was born in London. Her writing has appeared in the Paris Review, the New York TimesConjunctions, and elsewhere. She was awarded the 2018 Plimpton Prize for Fiction and a 2019 O. Henry Prize. Her first novel The Parisian (2019) won a Palestine Book Award, the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Betty Trask Award from the Society of Authors in the UK. She was a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Honoree, and has received literary fellowships from MacDowell, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, and the Columbia University Institute for Ideas and Imagination.

About the Interlocutor: Dr. Eve L. Ewing is a writer, scholar, and cultural organizer from Chicago. She is the award-winning author of four books: the poetry collections Electric Arches and 1919, the nonfiction work Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago's South Side, and a novel for young readers, Maya and the Robot. She is the co-author (with Nate Marshall) of the play No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks. She has written several projects for Marvel Comics, most notably the Ironheart series, and is currently writing Black Panther. Ewing is an associate professor in the Department of Race, Diaspora, and Indigeneity at the University of Chicago. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and many other venues. Currently she is working on her next book, Original Sins: The (Mis)education of Black and Native Children and the Construction of American Racism, which will be published by One World.

Event Location: 
Seminary Co-Op
5751 S Woodlawn Ave
Chicago, IL 60615