It’s no secret how massive a fan I am of everything Joumana writes. Yesterday, it was her birthday! So HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOUMANA! I LOVE YOU <3
Anyway, last night, Carol, Lea, George and our friend from Egypt Samira went down to BIEL for the book signing of Joumana’s Superman is an Arab and everyone present was in for a very pleasant surprise. Joumana was dressed absolutely fabulously in patterned and lace black everything, with brilliant Arabic calligraphy in gold on it. To top it all off (apart from her signature red lipstick) was a massive golden Arabic “J”, making it my favorite ever piece of bling bling!
The big surprise was Rafik Ali Ahmad showing up, and they both read lines and dialog pieces from the book, him as the “Oriental” macho man, and her the woman trying to change all that. It was superb. The chemistry on stage was awesome, and Joumana’s raw passion in writing came to life with her feisty, witty live self. The reading was epic, and even though I’ve read the book months ago, and got my copies signed way before everyone else (WOOOOP), I really enjoyed hearing and seeing Joumana and Rafik read it live.
So, again, Happy Birthday Joumana. And if you haven’t read this book, go get your copy, now, in the language you prefer. It’s a book every woman and man should read. It’s not man-bashing, nor woman-glorifying, it’s the book a lot of you guys and gals who read this blog will truly identify with. You’ll nod your head in agreement as you read, you’ll get goosebumps when Joumana hits the nail on its head hard, and you’ll pause to reflect and think to yourself “This woman’s reading my mind, word for word…” and “I never saw it that way, she’s absolutely right” (and that’s just not based on my review, I’ve given many friends the book and they all adored it too).
And on I Killed Scheherazade, I got “to my partner in crime” :’)