Weam Namou

**Award-winning author of 12 books **Vice president of Detroit Working Writers * *Facilitator at Pachamama Alliance **Ambassador at Arab America


WINNER OF 2017 ERIC HOFFER BOOK AWARDS - The Great American Family

Namou's memoir series received acclaimed reviews by Publishers Weekly

My Life-Changing Journey Through a Shamanic School Release Date: February 2016



Upcoming Events

Since launching her writing career over a decade ago, Weam Namou has done over a 150 radio interviews and dozens of speaking engagements.

■Thursday, July 9th, 2017 - "Dinner with the Nomads" where immigrants are invited to read in their Native Tongue and in English - special guest Lydia Davis, awarded the Man Booker International Prize in 2013
6:30 to 9:30 @ Aladdin Sweets & Cafe'

■Sunday, July 16th, 2017 - Detroit Working Writers will be at the Detroit Book Fest from 10 am - 4pm http://detroitbookfest.com/

■ July 19 - leading "Transforming Your Narrative" Workshop at Sterling Heights Library 6:30 - 8:30 pm

■ July 29 - Book signing with 25 Michigan authors near the Sterling Fest Craft Fair, in front of the Sterling Heights Library 10 am - 4pm

■ September 10 - Kerrytown Bookfest from 12 - 1:30 pm https://www.kerrytownbookfest.org/

■September 16, 2017 - Keynote speaker and leading a workshop for the Detroit Working Writers Conference http://www.detworkingwriters.org/

■ September 16, 2017 - leading a workshop on successful self-publishing at the Detroit Working Writers Conference http://www.detworkingwriters.org/

■ The Ancient Wisdom Council is a group that meets once a month. This group passes on spiritual teachings, particularly those passed on to Lynn V. Andrews by the Sisterhood of the Shields. You can learn more about Lynn and her online classes by visiting her website:
http://lynnandrews.com/


RECENT EVENTS
■ June 4th - Speaking at the Center of Enlightenment on Sunday http://www.coechurch.com/

■March 25, 2017 - Leading a workshop at Michigan Writing Workshop. For more information, visit https://michiganwritingworkshop.com/

■ April 20 - Open Mic Book at Sterling Heights Library 6 - 8:30 pm

■ Spring 2017 - Namou's story "Mothering My Mother" will be published in Spring 2017 in an anthology called Take Care: Tales, Tips and Love from Women Caregivers. Compiled by award-winning writer and journalist, Elayne Clift, this first-of-its-kind anthology is a moving collection of prose and poetry by women such as myself who understand the challenges (and rewards) of caretaking. Offering support and validation to women who are now caregivers, it is rich with warmth, wit and wisdom.

PREVIOUS READINGS, SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS & WORKSHOPS:

■ Wayne State University
■ National Association of Black Journalists
■ Madonna University
■ Oakland Community College
■ RAWI Conference
■ Rochester College
■ NAAJA (National Arab American Journalists Association) Conference
■ Iraqi Human Rights Organization
■ Mesopotamian Forum
■ Iraqi Artists Association
■ Chaldean Educational Center of America
■ A Number of Libraries


TESTIMONIALS

"When deciding on a keynote speaker for our annual conference, I recalled a remarkable memoir by Weam Namou and instinctively felt she would be the perfect speaker for Detroit Working Writers, our organization. Weam is a published author and esteemed journalist. She has published not just of a series of memoirs, but also novels and non-fiction. However, Weam is far more than a writer. Her life story is also a compelling narrative. Born in Iraq, immigrating to the United States with her family at a young age, learning new customs and new language, she became an award-winning leader in the Arab American community. Weam is poised, funny, and smart. She’s also deeply knowledgeable about spiritual culture, both as a minority Chaldean in a Muslim world and as an American steeped in the teaching of shamanism. She has the ability to speak on any number of subjects and would be an asset to your organization." Cynthia Harrison, author and program director of Detroit Working Writers www.CynthiaHarrison.com


"I was so pleased with Weam Namou's session at the Michigan Writing Workshop. After listening to a panel of agents and editors, I was feeling a bit down; as if I would never get an agent for my written works. But Weam was the best speaker! Her session gave me even more tips and important tidbits I needed to hear in order to be successful in this industry. If I wasn't for her session, I don't think I would have felt as good about the conference. All in all, she was motivating and awesome! I am so glad I met her at the event!" Author Mianne Adufutse
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“You’re the most provocative person I’ve interviewed. You’re intelligent and brilliant and you never lost your femininity. I haven’t gone this much over an interview in 3 or 4 years.” Radio host Ed Tyll, who has been in the media business for over 40 years and in June 2016 had scheduled Namou for a 20 minute interview that went on for 80 minutes.

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