Former WITS Writer Farnoosh Moshiri will do a special presentation at Rice University on Thursday:

Iran at the CrossroadsFarnoosh moshiri
A Reading With Iranian Novelist in Exile Farnoosh Moshiri

sponsored by Asia Society Texas Center.

From the Asia Society flyer:

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took the oath of office for a second term this month amid continuing protests against what many see as a fraud-tainted vote.

To explore events unfolding in Iran, Asia Society Texas Center hosts novelist Farnoosh Moshiri, whose books and life reflect the political traumas of her native country since the 1979 revolution.

As a budding playwright in Tehran, Moshiri saw friends and colleagues imprisoned by the Khomeini government. Fired from her job, her play banned, she fled Iran in 1983, spending years as a refugee in Afghanistan and India before making her way in 1987 to Houston. Her novels At the Wall of the Almighty, The Bathhouse, and Against Gravity and her short-story collection The Crazy Dervish and the Pomegranate Tree explore the suffering of those imprisoned and brutalized in the Islamic Republic. In addition to commenting on the election, Moshiri will answer questions and read from her work.

7 p.m. Thursday, August 20, 2009

Herring Hall, Rice University Campus

Free for ASTC Members

$10 for Non-Members

For more information, click here.

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