List of Persian/Iranian Events for 2008-05-23

    READINGS from PERSIAN GIRLS, memoir

    Chicago Friday - May 23, 2008     07:30 PM

    MAY, CHICAGO

    May 23, Friday 7:30 PM

    Reading Booksigning, PERSIAN GIRLS

    Women & Children First

    5233 N Clark St

    Chicago, IL 60640

    Tel: 773.769.9299

    Event is free



    DESCRIPTION OF PERSIAN GIRLS

    In a story of ambition, oppression, hope, heartache, and sisterhood, Persian Girls traces Rachlin's coming of age in Iran and her domineering father-her tangled family life, and her relationship with her older sister, and unexpected soul mate, Pari. Both girls refused to accept traditional roles prescribed for them under Muslim cultural laws. They devoured forbidden books. They had secret romances. But then things quickly changed. After narrowly avoiding an unhappy match herself with a man her parents chose for her, Nahid came to America, where she found literary success. Back in Iran, however, Pari's dreams fell to pieces.



    SELECTED REVIEWS:

    Boston Globe:

    "Persian Girls, reads like a novel -- suspenseful, vivid, heartbreaking. In Persian Girls, Rachlin chronicles her choices and those made by her sisters, her mother and her aunts, throwing the door to her family's home wide open. Readers who follow her through will be wiser, and moved."



    NPR: THE WORLD Selected by Christopher Merrill, the Director of Iowa International Writing Program as one of the best four books of 2006. "If you want to know what it was like to grow up in Iran this is the book to read. Her portrait of the artist is filled with light."



    BIO: Description of PERSIAN GIRLS

    Nahid Rachlin’s publications include a memoir, PERSIAN GIRLS (Penguin), four novels, JUMPING OVER FIRE (City Lights), FOREIGNER (W.W. Norton), MARRIED TO A STRANGER (E.P.Dutton), THE HEART'S DESIRE (City Lights), and a collection of short stories, VEILS (City Lights). While a student I held a Doubleday-Columbia fellowship and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship (Stanford). The grants and awards she have received include, the Bennet Cerf Award, PEN Syndicated Fiction Project Award, and a National Endowment for the Arts grant.



    Zarbang in San Diego

    California - San Diego Friday - May 23, 2008     08:00 PM

    Zarbang perform at The Neurosciences Institute on Fri, May 23 at 8pm.



    10640 John Hay Hopkins Dr, San Diego, CA 92121



    Presented by the Persian Cultural Center of San Diego.



    www.pccsd.org or (858) 653 0336

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