Image: Mustafah’s short story collection, “Code of the West” (Willow Books, 2017). One copy of the book is displayed upright atop several other copies, which lay flat on a bookstore countertop. A hand-written paper reads, “Author reading @ 7:30pm tonight,” in all capital letters. The book cover’s illustration shows a sliver of orange sun behind reddish and dark brown hills, with a yellow sky above. Photo by Michelle Strahan.