Reading from Book of Sands at Shambaugh House, the University of Iowa

Reviews for Book of Sands:

“Through incredible storytelling, Karim Alrawi walks us through the human experience of tumultuous change ... This is not a story you will want to miss.” Winnipeg Free Press.


“Absorbing ... lyrical and intricate.” Toronto Star.


A Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Book of the Year.

Winner of the HarperCollins Canada Prize for Best New Fiction:

Judges’ comments: “Although The Book of Sands is set against the backdrop of the Arab Spring of 2011, the novel is not only about a social and political revolution, but also about the determination to live honestly and with grace in the midst of chaos, and about the duty and connection of family. The importance of storytelling in everyday life is one of Alrawi’s primary themes. His use of magic realism, quantum mechanics and (yes!) math gives this manuscript depth and power.”