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. Come, mingle, and say hi. My reading starts at 3:00 pm. Afterwards, I’d be glad to take questions about writing the memoir, the nature of publishing, Iran, and the U.S. in the Middle East. You can find more about Laguna Beach Books here, including directions, phone number, staff picks…
I have been invited to be a co-host on KIRN (AM 670) in Los Angeles. You can listen in between 6:00 and 9:00 am. Although I’m relieved and honored to be in the company of host Sassan Kamali, over the course of three hours I fear I’ll say something to win me a fatwa. Note to self: steer clear of Islam.
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! Click here to learn more about the program, and here for the store address. See you in LA.
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 here. The show runs from 9 to 10 am.
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 will do him justice; for the rest, let me just say, he’s one of the finest radio personalities on the air. Period. Follow this link to stream Think Out Loud online.
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.
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.
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.
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. Find the link to my interview here.
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.
It doesn’t get more intimate than this. I’ll be at Daedalus Books, Portland’s most charming neighborhood bookstore, for a reading and book signing at 7:00 pm. Make a night of it at one of the many restaurants nearby. Who knows, maybe we can clink a glass of Prosecco at Bastas afterward? Follow Daedalus on facebook or get directions.
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, I find 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. Let’s then walk over to Cloud 9 for a Fuzzy Persian – oh, wait, I’m the fuzzy Persian. Visit Grass Roots here.
In this era of diminishing independent book sellers, it’s great to see a store with a huge commitment to the art of writing. 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. Kudos to Seattlelites without whose interest and support none of this would exist. I’ll be reading from my book at 7:00 pm and afterward would be happy to take any questions on Iran or the process of writing and publishing. Here are directions to the store.