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Persian History and Literature Reading and Talk

Please join us for an evening of Persian history and literature reading and talk by Bay Area Iranian-American writer, Anita Amirrezvani, author of the historical novel, The Blood of Flowers.

Discussion and reception afterwards: Tuesday, November 16th, 5-7 p.m. at the De Saisset Museum.

About The Blood of Flowers and its author:

In 17th century Iran, a village girl approaching the age of marriage finds her future shattered by the prophecies that follow a comet blazing across the desert sky, the sudden death of her father, and lost prospects for marriage.  The young woman and her mother face a difficult new life in the fabled city of Isfahan, where they are taken in as house servants by her uncle, a wealthy carpet designer, and must confront an unforgiving world where their survival requires extraordinary strength and resilience.  Set in the time of Shah Abbas the Great, the novel captures the bazaars overflowing with pomegranates, rosewater and saffron; the silk and gold rugs of the Shah's carpet workshop; and Isfahan's bridges, gardens, teahouses, and bathhouses.  With medieval Persian tales and prose flowing like the Zayandeh River through the city of Isfahan, the novel follows the story of one woman's struggle to create a life of her choosing, relying-against all odds-on the strength of her own hands, mind and will.

Anita Amirrezvani was born in Tehran, Iran, and raised in San Francisco.  The Blood of Flowers has been published in 18 languages and was long-listed for the Orange Prize for Fiction in the UK in 2008.  Anita teaches in the Master of Fine Arts Program in Writing at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco and is currently working on her second novel.

Event co-sponsored by: The College of Arts and Sciences and US Department of Education Title VI grant; The Department of English and Creative Writing Program; the Arabic, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies Program; The Residential Learning Communities; the Unity and Xavier RLCs; the Departments of Religious Studies, Anthropology, Political Science, and History; the Woman and Gender Studies Program and the Office of Multicultural Learning.

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