Bard Written Arts: A Reading with Aaliyah Bilal, TEMPLE FOLK

Event date: 
Thursday, April 18, 2024 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Bard Hall
70 N. Ravine Road
Annandale-On-Hudson, NY 12504


Finalist for the 2023 National Book Award for Fiction

Aaliyah Bilal will read from her groundbreaking debut collection portraying the lived experiences of Black Muslims grappling with faith, family, and freedom in America.

FREE. Open to the public.

Copies of Temple Folk will be available for purchase at this event.

Aaliyah Bilal, TEMPLE FOLK

In Temple Folk, Black Muslims contemplate the convictions of their race, religion, economics, politics, and sexuality in America. The ten stories in this collection contribute to the bounty of diverse narratives about Black life by intimately portraying the experiences of a community that resists the mainstream culture to which they are expected to accept and aspire to while functioning within the country in which they are born. With an unflinching eye for the contradictions between what these characters profess to believe and what they do, Temple Folk accomplishes the rare feat of presenting moral failures with compassion, nuance, and humor to remind us that while perfection is what many of us strive for, it’s the errors that make us human.

Aaliyah Bilal is a fiction and nonfiction writer, focusing on the Black American Muslim experience and stories that connect Chinese and Afro-Diasporic peoples.

Temple Folk By Aaliyah Bilal Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982191818
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - July 4th, 2023