Join us on Monday, April 23 for a conversation with Shahriar Mandanipour, whom The Guardian calls "one of Iran's greatest novelists," along with his his translator Sara Khalili and fellow Iranian novelist Jasmin Darznik, as they discuss Iranian literature and Mandanipour's first book in nearly a decade, Moon Brow, at the Asian American Writers Workshop.
Shahriar Mandanipour is one of Iran’s most accomplished writers, the author of nine volumes of fiction, one nonfiction book, and more than 100 critical essays. Born in 1957 in Shiraz, Iran, he studied political science at Tehran University and bore witness to the 1979 revolution. After the onset of the Iran-Iraq war in 1980, he joined the military and volunteered for duty at the front, where he served for more than eighteen months. His first collection of stories was published in 1989; his works were banned between 1992 and 1997. In 2006, he moved to the United States and has held fellowships at Brown, Harvard, and Boston College. Mandanipour’s first novel to appear in English, Censoring an Iranian Love Story (Knopf, 2009), has been widely acclaimed. He currently teaches creative writing at Tufts University.
Sara Khalili is an editor and translator of contemporary Iranian literature. Her translations include Censoring an Iranian Love Story by Shahriar Mandanipour, The Pomegranate Lady and Her Sons by Goli Taraghi, The Book of Fate by Parinoush Saniee, and Rituals of Restlessness by Yaghoub Yadali. She has also translated several volumes of poetry by Forough Farrokhzad, Simin Behbahani, Siavash Kasraii, and Fereydoon Moshiri. Her short story translations have appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, EPOCH, GRANTA, Words Without Borders, The Literary Review, PEN America, Witness, and Consequence.
Jasmin Darznik is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother’s Hidden Life. Her novel Song of a Captive Bird is a fictional account of Iran’s trailblazing woman poet, Forugh Farrokhzad, and will be published by Random House in February 2018. Jasmin was born in Tehran, Iran and came to America when she was five years old. She holds an MFA in fiction from Bennington College and a Ph.D. in English from Princeton University. Now a professor of English and creative writing at California College of the Arts, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.
On Sunday May 6, Restless Books will be celebrating the launch of Yonder, our new imprint for children and young adults, at The Eric Carle Museum.
Join Grace Talusan, winner of the 2017 Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, at the Boston Book Festival. Grace will be appearing alongside author Ha Jin for an event entitled Where Do I Belong - the Experience of Immigration. Hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, this panel is devoted to exploring the immigrant experience through the eyes of a writer.
We’re living in a time when open borders have come under threat. Thankfully, great literature stands in opposition to dividing lines by building connections across cultures, languages, and identities. Join London literary magazine Litro, Brooklyn non-profit publisher Restless Books, and a continent-spanning array of writers, artists, actors, dancers and musicians as we celebrate the defiance of borders and the launch of Litro’s World Series—Latin America edition, with an unforgettable evening of Latin American food, drinks from Estrella Jalisco and Brooklyn Gin, music, and culture at the East Village Mexican restaurant La Palapa. Plus, there will be an unforgettable after-party with a DJ and dancing sponsored by Herradura tequila!
¡Únanse a esta Latinada!
Where: La Palapa, 77 St Marks Place, New York, NY 10003
When: 7:30 pm - 1:00 am, Thursday, September 14th, 2017
On Saturday August 26, Oddny Eir, author of Land of Love and Ruins, will appear at the Edinburgh International Book Festival for an event with author Sara Baume.
On Wednesday August 23, Carlos Fonseca, author of Colonel Lágrimas, will appear at the Edinburgh International Book Festival for an event with author Paul Stanbridge.
On Saturday August 19, Deepak Unnikrishnan, author of Temporary People, will appear at the Edinburgh International Book Festival for an event with author Burhan Sönmez.
On Sunday August 13, Filip Springer, author of History of a Disappearance: The Story of a Forgotten Polish Town, will appear at the Edinburgh International Book Festival for an event with Daniel Hahn.
This coming August, four Restless authors—Carlos Fonseca, Oddny Eir, Filip Springer, and Deepak Unnikrishnan—will appear at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Exact dates for author events to come—stay tuned!
On Saturday July 29, Restless Books will be selling books and saying hello outside the Brooklyn Public Library's Grand Army Plaza branch for the third-annual Small Press Flea. Presented by BOMB Magazine. We'll have all of our titles available for purchase at discount prices and maybe even some freebies. Watch this space for more information!
At a time when immigrants are perceived as a threat to society, particularly from the Arab world, a space for them to deliver their own story is desperately needed. Join Deepak Unnikrishnan, author of the critically acclaimed novel Temporary People, about guest workers in the United Arab Emirate’s capital Abu Dhabi, in conversation with Ilan Stavans, internationally renowned cultural critic and publisher of Restless Books, as well as Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College. Temporary People (Restless Books) is the winner of Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing. The dialogue, followed by a Q&A, will explore the role that the literature of immigration in the United States plays in our conception of pluralism and tolerance.
On Sunday June 4, Oddny Eir, author of Land of Love and Ruins, will participate in a moderated discussion entitled "Wanderlust" at the Bay Area Book Festival.
On Saturday June 3, Oddny Eir, author of Land of Love and Ruins, will participate in a moderated discussion entitled "Collecting the Pieces" at the Bay Area Book Festival.
On Friday June 2, Ana Simo, author Heartland, will be in a discussion entitled "Resist, Rebel, Transgress" with author Susana Cook as part of the Bureau of General Services - Queer Division's The Literary Avengers: 25th Anniversary Exhibition event series.
For a week this May, Restless publisher and Quixote scholar Ilan Stavans leads a trip through the knight errant's La Mancha with Scholarly Sojourns, the series of international tours led by acclaimed scholars.
On Saturday May 6, Filip Springer and Sean Gasper Bye, author and translator of History of a Disappearance: The Story of a Forgotten Polish Town, will appear for a public conversation at the Greenpoint Public Library in Brooklyn.
On Friday May 5, Filip Springer and Sean Gasper Bye, author and translator of History of a Disappearance: The Story of a Forgotten Polish Town, will appear at Lit Crawl NYC's "A Most Exquisite Corpse" event with Francisco Cantú and additional writers and translators to be announced shortly. Here’s how the game works: One person writes the first page of a story. We send the final line of that page to the next writer, who continues the story, and so on.
On Friday May 5, Oddny Eir, author of Land of Love and Ruins, will participate in Lit Crawl's "Auto-Fiction" event with Edouard Louis and Bae Suah. The event, at NYU's La Maison Française and hosted by the PEN World Voices Festival, will focus on writers whose work falls on the spectrum of memoir and autobiography. Readings from each author's work will be followed by a brief discussion.
On Friday May 5, Restless Books will be sharing a table with Archipelago Books at a block party organized by the CLMP at the 2017 PEN World Voices Festival: PRESS FEST! The event, a literary magazine and small press fair, will take place at the Washington Square Mews. It will overlap with the kickoff of World Voices Festival Lit Crawl events starting at the Mews at 6:00 pm.
On Thursday May 4, Oddny Eir, author of Land of Love and Ruins, and Filip Springer, author of History of a Disappearance, will appear at PEN World Voices' Literary Quest: Westbeth Edition. Residents will open their homes for readings by authors and a party in their legendary gallery. With Moustafa Bayoumi, Giannina Braschi, Rita Mae Brown, Farah Jasmine Griffin, Abeer Hoque, Thomas Meinecke, Haroon Moghul, Tanwi Nandini Islam, Idra Novey, Mayra Santos-Febres, Igor Stiks, Han Yujoo, Filip Springer, Gabby Rivera, and Emanuel Xavier.
On Thursday May 4, Oddny Eir, author of Land of Love and Ruins, will appear at PEN World Voices Festival's Resonances event at Baruch College. International award-winning writers read passages from works that influenced them alongside passages from their own writing, with Teju Cole, Marilyn Nelson, and Samanta Schweblin. Moderated by Bridgett Davis.
On Wednesday May 3, Filip Springer, author of History of a Disappearance, will join Claire Vaye Watkins, Mohammad Saba'aneh, and Natalie Diaz for a PEN World Voices panel entitled "Water as Weapon" at New York City's American Indian Community House.
On Tuesday May 2, Filip Springer, author of History of a Disappearance: The Story of a Forgotten Polish Town, will appear at Topos Bookstore Cafe in Ridgewood, Queens, for the Ridgewoodteka Book Club's discussion of his work. The event will be conducted in Polish.
On Tuesday May 2, Oddny Eir, author of Land of Love and Ruins, will read at the NYU Bookstore in Manhattan, with Josh Emmons and Emma Smith-Stevens.
On Saturday April 29, which is Indie Bookstore Day, Filip Springer, author of History of a Disappearance: The Story of a Forgotten Polish Town, will appear at Common Good Books in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Krystyna Borgen, co-head of the Polish American Cultural Institute of Minnesota Library, will join Springer in conversation.