November 2, 2012

I’m honored to have been asked to emcee The Magic Barrel: A Reading to Fight Hunger. Once a year, this tremendously popular night of reading invites a heady list of authors and poets to share snippets of their writing and thought. All proceeds go to the Benton Country Food Share. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the program commences at 7:00 pm.


July 26, 2012

In this era of diminishing independent book sellers, it’s great to see a store with a huge commitment to the literary arts. Elliot Bay Book Company, in the heart of Seattle, not only carries over 150,000 titles, it has one of the healthiest author reading series I’ve ever seen. I’ll be reading from my book at 7:00 pm.


June 12, 2012

Grass Roots Books in Corvallis, Oregon, is a cozy, selective bookstore that engages you at every point and turn. Every time I walk in, Ifind myself glued to the table of books that always seems to intuit what I’m ready to read next. Please join me for a reading and conversation at 7:00 pm.


May 24, 2012

It doesn’t get more intimate than this. I’ll be at reading and signing books at 7:00 pm at Daedalus Books, one of Portland’s most charming neighborhood bookstores.


May 15, 2012

Eugene, Oregon, home of the Ducks. Home, as well, of the Lane Literary Guild. I’m honored to be invited to the guild’s Windfall Series and to be paired with Ralph Salisbury–novelist, poet, memoirist. Ralph’s memoir comes after thirteen publications, which makes me think I’m going about this writing thing backwards. Join us at the Eugene Public Library for a reading at 5:30 pm.


May 11, 2012

Catch me on Beyond 50, the radio program that covers a range of topics ostensibly targeting baby boomers. While I’m not quite a boomer, I find the show’s archives impressively cross generational. “Live your day past halfway,” says show host Daniel Davis; the advice, much like his show, has universal appeal.


April 27, 2012

I’m thrilled to be introducing my memoir to my home town. A reading and book signing are scheduled at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, at 7:30 pm, in the Valley Library, main floor rotunda. Read more about OSU’s Literary Northwest Series.


April 20, 2012

What a great way to bring my book to Oregon. I hope you can make a reading, Q & A, and book signing at 7:30 pm at Powell’s Books in Portland. See what’s going on at the largest independent bookstore in the world.

April 20, 2012

If you’re near Portland, Oregon, you can hear me on KPOJ (AM 620) at 7:30 am. I’m not sure if I can sound intelligent at that hour, but host Carl Wolfson and I will discuss my project in relation to Iran and the Middle East. Alternatively, you can listen to KPOJ online.

April 19, 2012

Tune in OPB’s Think Out Loud at 9:00 am, and you’ll find me in the gracious company of host Dave Miller. For those who listen to him, no lofty introduction is needed; for the rest, let me just say, he’s one of the finest radio personalities on the air.


April 15, 2012

Don Bustany: to many the name is synonymous with insightful discourse on issues related to the Middle East. Don’s previous guests include a heady list of dignitaries and luminaries who have been or are game changers. Together, with Don’s own measured gaze, they have expanded our view of the Middle East far more than any program I can think of. I’m honored to be a guest on Don Bustany’s Middle East in Focus today. You can listen to the show live in the Los Angeles area on KPFK 90.7 FM or stream it online.


April 11, 2012

Please join me for a reading at Barnes & Noble in Santa Monica, California, at 7:00 pm. My memoir was selected by B&N for inclusion in their summer 2012 Discover Great New Writers Program. I’m greatly honored and proud to present my book at a house that appreciates it!


April 10, 2012

I have been invited to be a co-host on KIRN (AM 670) Los Angeles with the beloved host Sassan Kamali. You can listen in between 6:00 and 9:00 am.


April 7, 2012

I can’t think of a better place to launch my book than in lovely Laguna Beach, California – my old college haunt and site of much snorkeling. And what better venue for a reading and book signing than Laguna Beach Books! I’ve always thought of this bookstore as the epitome of a community bookstore, at once  reflecting the tastes of its patrons and shaping them.