In-person Event: Dur e Aziz Amna & Nina Coomes

Join us in-person for an author reading, conversation, and book-signing in honor of American Fever: A Novel by Dur e. Aziz Amna! For this event, Amna will be in conversation with Nina Coomes. 

Please note: all in-person events held at Women & Children FIrst require masks and proof of vaccination.


** "a funny and affecting novel, understated but powerful, a wonderful new spin on the coming-of-age story.”—KIRKUS REVIEWS (STARRED)**

On a year-long exchange program in rural Oregon, a Pakistani student, sixteen-year-old Hira, must swap Kashmiri chai for volleyball practice and try to understand why everyone around her seems to dislike Obama.  A skeptically witty narrator, Hira finds herself stuck between worlds. The experience is memorable for reasons both good and bad; a first kiss, new friends, racism, Islamophobia, homesickness. Along the way Hira starts to feel increasingly unwell until she begins coughing up blood, and receives a diagnosis of tuberculosis, pushing her into quarantine and turning her newly established home away from home upside down. 

American Fever is a compelling and laugh-out-loud funny novel about adolescence, family, otherness, religion, the push-and-pull of home. It marks the entrance on the international literary scene of the brilliant fresh voice of Dur e Aziz Amna. 

Dur e Aziz Amna is from Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Aljazeera, and Dawn, among others. She won the 2019 Financial Times / Bodley Head Essay Prize and was long-listed for the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award 2020. She graduated from Yale College and the Helen Zell Writers' Program at the University of Michigan. Her debut novel, American Fever, is out in August.

Nina Li Coomes is a Japanese and American writer, currently living in Chicago. Her work can be found in the Atlantic, Guernica, and Catapult among other places. You can read more of her work at


Event date: 
Thursday, August 25, 2022 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640
American Fever: A Novel By Dur e. Aziz Amna Cover Image
ISBN: 9781950994496
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Arcade - August 16th, 2022