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Zaina Arafat on You Exist Too Much with Zibby Owens


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Monday, 2:00 pm EDT June 15, 2020

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This program is part of our Inside and Out Pride 2020 event series, which offers solace and affirmation to the LGBTQ+ community during a time of isolation from trusted social groups and support networks. 

Zaina Arafat’s highly anticipated debut novel You Exist Too Much is a candid story about a young Palestinian-American woman who struggles with bisexuality and love addiction. Her Arab-Muslim culture in which she grows up further complicates her intense longing for romantic connection and queer identity. Zaina will be in conversation with Zibby Owens, creator and host of the “Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books” podcast.

“For anyone who’s ever felt their body or identity takes up too much space, this deeply affecting story of doubt and love is a gut-punch and a solace.” —Elle, 1 of 30 Most Anticipated New Books of the Summer

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    Zaina Arafat

    Zaina Arafat

    Zaina Arafat is a Palestinian American writer. Her stories and essays have appeared in publications including the New York Times, Granta, the Believer, Virginia Quarterly Review, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, BuzzFeed, VICE, and NPR. She holds an MA in international affairs from Columbia University and an MFA from the University of Iowa and is a recipient of the Arab Women/Migrants from the Middle East fellowship at Jack Jones Literary Arts. She grew up between the United States and the Middle East and currently lives in Brooklyn.

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    Zibby Owens

    Zibby Owens

    Zibby Owens is the creator and host of award-winning literary podcast, “Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books.” She hosts frequent author events including book fairs and salons. A mother of four and a writer herself, Zibby has contributed to Redbook, Marie Claire, Parents, Huffington Post, the New York Times online, What’s Up Moms, Kveller, Shape, SELF, and many other publications. She has been called “NYC’s Most Powerful Book-fluencer” by Her podcast was selected as one of Oprah magazine’s top 21 book podcasts in 2019. A graduate of Yale University and Harvard Business School, she previously worked at Unilever, idealab! and other start-ups. She currently lives in New York with her husband, Kyle Owens of Morning Moon Productions, and her four children, ages 5-12.