Stuart Country Day School is excited to welcome Firoozeh Dumas, Iranian-American memoirist and novelist, to spend the day with the community on Monday, April 23. The public is invited to the reading and book signing in Cor Unum at 1:30 p.m.
Firoozeh Dumas was born in Abadan, Iran and, in the 1970s, and moved to Southern California with her family. She later attended UC Berkeley, where she met and married a Frenchman.
Firoozeh grew up listening to her father, a former Fulbright Scholar, recount the many colorful stories of his life in both Iran and America. In 2001, with no prior writing experience, Firoozeh decided to write her stories as a gift for her two children. Funny in Farsi was on the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, and New York Times bestseller lists and was a finalist for the PEN/USA award in 2004 and a finalist in 2005 for an Audie Award for best audio book (she lost to Bob Dylan). She was also a finalist for the prestigious Thurber Prize for American Humor (she lost to Jon Stewart), and is the first Middle Eastern woman ever to be considered for this honor.
Critics and readers of all ages have loved her stories. Jimmy Carter called Funny in Farsi “a humorous and introspective chronicle of a life filled with love—of family, country and heritage.”
To reserve seats, visit www.stuartschool.org/academics/visiting-authors