Randolph Splitter is making the short trip up from Portland to join us with his novel The Ramadan Drummer. In this story about clashing values and the search for connection in a multicultural world, the drummer wakes the faithful during Ramadan in the predominantly Muslim neighborhood of Little Mecca so that they can eat before beginning their daily fast. But in this culturally diverse American city, the Ramadan drummer wakes believers and nonbelievers alike. As anti-Muslim activists picket a community fair, shots ring out and a child is gravely wounded. Police detective Ezra Kaufman -- who is dealing with the loss of his wife and seeking some kind of spiritual solace from his Jewish tradition -- is assigned to investigate.