Four Iranian-American writers—Salar Abdoh, Anita Amirrezvani, Persis Karim, and Dalia Sofer –offer a bracing counter-narrative to prevailing discourse about Iran. Moderated by writer and translator Nahid Mozaffari, the discussion will include such topics as the role of fiction vs. memoir and poetry; the difference between literature being written in Iran and the US; the role of minorities; the post 9/11 climate; and the connections between tradition and the minority experience. Novelist Anita Amirrezvani (The Blood of Flowers) and poet Persis Karim, are co-editors of Tremors: New Fiction by Iranian American Writers. Amirrezvani will also talk about and sign her latest historical novel Equal of the Sun, set in the intrigue-laden 16th century Persian court.
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