Rabih Alameddine, a Lebanese-American painter and writer, is the author of the novels “Koolaids,” “I, the Divine,” “The Hakawati,” the story collection “The Perv,” and most recently“ An Unnecessary Woman,” which was a 2014 National Book Award finalist. He began his career as an engineer before turning to the arts. Alameddine was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002. He was born in Amman, Jordan to Lebanese Druze parents. He now divides his time between San Francisco and Beirut.