My friend Porochista will be reading at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop in New York with Hari Kunzru, who I do not know, but who I’m sure is likewise charming. And whose work I admire enormously also. If you’re in New York, go, because this is going to be an amazing reading.
Also, kudos to the workshop for their amazing events line-up this year. They’re doing a great job. The details:
Thursday, March 26, 7pm
Hari Kunzru and Porochista Khakpour
In Hari Kunzru’s latest work, My Revolutions (Dutton 2008), Chris
Carver reflects on the past he keeps hidden from his family. Catching
a glance of the woman he loved while acting as a revolutionary, Carver
considers what the true significance of his actions were. Xerxes Adam
is asking similar questions in Porochista Khakpour’s Sons and Other
Flammable Objects (Grove/Atlantic 2007). Xerxes has tried to abandon
his Iranian heritage for much of his adult life, but when he falls in
love with a half Iranian girl, Xerxes is forced to make sense of the
troubled past he’s so desperate to escape.
Hari Kunzru is the critically acclaimed and multi-award winning author
of The Impressionist, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Award in
2002, Transmission, which was named a New York Times Notable Book of
the Year in 2004, and the short story collection, Noise. He was named
one of Granta’s “Twenty Best Fiction Writers under Forty” and has been
compared to Martin Amis, Zadie Smith, Chuck Palahniuk, and Don DeLillo
by the New York Times. He currently serves are deputy president of
English PEN and is a member of the editorial board of Mute magazine.
For more, visit his blog at HariKunzru.com.
Porochista Khakpour was born in Tehran in 1978 and raised in the
Greater Los Angeles Area. She attended Sarah Lawrence College and
received her MA from Johns Hopkins University. She began writing as an
arts and entertainment journalist with work appearing in The New York
Times, The Daily Beast, The Village Voice, The Chicago Reader, Paper,
Flaunt, Nylon, Bidoun, Alef, Canteen, Nerve.com and FiveChapters.com.
The New York Times Book Review has said that Sons and Other Flammable
Objects is filled with “punchy conversation, vivid detail, sharp
humor” and “imbued with a genuine humanity that wins our affection.”
For more on Khakpour, visit her site at PorochistaKhakpour.com or read
her blog at RedRoom.com
@ The Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor
(btwn Broadway & 5th Avenue)
$5 suggested donation; open to the public