Nahid giving talk in classroom in Germany.

Nahid giving talk in classroom in Krakow

Reading at University of Southern Maine

Events-Readings

Upcoming Events-Readings 2014-2015
(MORE will be added) The reading events are FREE :
Fall 2014-
October 8, 2014
Writers Speak Wednesdays- Stony Brook-Southampton-MFA Program, Free and open to the public
Receptions begin at 6:30 p.m., readings begin at 7 p.m.-8:00
Reading, Q&A, book signing
in the Radio Lounge on the second floor of Chancellors Hall at Stony Brook Southampton,
239 Montauk Highway. Southampton NY 11968
Info: 631-632-5287, 631 882 9881

June 2015:
Jackson Hole Writers Conference
Jackson, WY 83001
giving a reading June 25 (the following day I will lead a workshop)
More details later
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Previous:
FEBRUARY 2013
:BINGHAMPTON, NY
Tuesday, February 18, 8 pm
reading from Foreigner (novel), Persian Girls (her memoir), followed by Q&A
CENTER FOR WRITERS EVENTS
Readers Series
in Sci I Room 149
Binghamton University
4400 Vestal Pkwy E, Binghamton, NY 13902
Info: (607) 777-2713
cwpro@​binghamton.edu
http:/​/​www.binghamton.edu/​english/​creative-writing/​binghamton-center-for-writers/​readers-series.html

FEBRUARY 2013
OXFORD, OH
Feb 21, 7:00 PM-reading-Q&A- booksigning- PERSIAN GIRLS
Creative Writing-English Department
Univerisy of Miami in Oxford, Ohio
356 Bachelor Hall
Oxford, OH 45056

MARCH 2013
NEW YORK, NY
Wednesday, March 27th , 6:30 PM
"Inside and Outside," a discussion by me on the topics of writing, culture, and the condition of women in Iran. (RSVP required- Email scpsevents.rsvp@​nyu.edu to RSVP
7 East 12th Street (between 5th Avenue and University Place)
5th Floor Lounge
The NYU-SCPS Paul McGhee Division’s Creative Writing Program

OCTOBER 2013
ORANGEBURG, SC
October 2-3- 2013
reading and workshop
Pedagogy Conference, Claflin University
Magnolia Street, Orangeburg SC 29115

October 5, 2013
PAGE TURNER: The AAWW Food & Books Festival in Brooklyn
Panel 1PM - 2PM, themed around new Iranian American Writing
Roulette and the YWCA in Downtown Brooklyn at Third Avenue and Atlantic

NOVEMBER 2013
November 7-10
SANIBEL ISLAND, FLORIDA
Sanibel Island Writers Conference
teaching a workshop and giving a reading- both on November 8th
Info: Phone: (239) 590-7421
http:/​/​www.fgcu.edu/​siwc/​

November 15-16
NEVADA, Incline Village
Nov. 15-7:00-9:00 PM- reading-Q&A- booksigning-Workshop
Nov. 16-9:00AM-12:00 noon-Workshop
English Department
Sierra Nevada College
999 Tahoe Blvd
Incline Village, NV 89451
for Info contact : jsaraceno@​sierranevada.edu


2014:
February
February 18-19 2014
New York, Binghamton
English department-writing
Spring Semester Reading Series
Reading at 8:00 PM, Feb. 18th open to the public
State University of New York in Binghamton
Reading Feb. 18- workshop Feb. 19
more details later

April 2014
April 17, 7:00 PM 2014
New York, Southampton
Stony Brook Southampton Campus MFA
Writers Speak Wednesdays Series
239 Montauk Highway, Southampton, NY 11967

June 2014
June 7th, 2014
New York, NY
Hunter College Writing Center summer Conference
More details later

June 26-28 2014
Jacksonhole Writers Conference
Jackson, Wyoming
reading, teaching workshop
More details later
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Previous year: 2012:
JANUARY
Connecticut, Danbury
January 7th
Memoir Workshop, 1:00-4:00 PM (open to their students only)
Followed by a Free Public reading, at 7:00 PM.
Western Connecticut State University
English Department, MFA in Creative & Professional Writing Program
Info: (203) 837-8876
181 White Street
Danbury, CT 06810

MARCH
Syracuse, NY
Reading from PERSIAN GIRLS
Friday, March 9th, 7:00 PM
Downtown Writer's Center
at the Arts Branch of the YMCA
340 Montgomery St.
Syracuse, NY 13202
(315) 474-6851 x328

APRIL
Italy, Rome
April 4th, 8:30-9:30 PM
Reading from PEERSIAN GIRLS
in the Aula Magna Regina at John Cabot University's Guarini Campus (Via della Lungara 233, in Trastevere).
You must have a photo ID to enter John Cabot's campus

APRIL
Minnesota, Northfield
April 18, Wednesday, 7:00 PM
public reading, from PERSIAN GIRLS, Q&A, booksigning
St. Olaf College, Viking Theater, in Buntrock Commons
1520 St. Olaf Ave
Northfield, MN 55057
Info: 507-786-3040-Info Desk
buntrock@​stolaf.edu

JUNE
NYU, workshop, reading
details to be announced

JULY
MAINE
Maine, New Brunswich
July 13, Friday, 7:00
Reading from PERSIAN GIRLS,
panel on Iranian literature (on Saturday)
at Stonecoast MFA PROGRAM at University of Southern Maine
Inn at Brunswick Station,
4 Noble St, Brunswick, ME 04011
Inn phone: 207.837.6565
University info: (207) 780-5262

SEPTEMBER
MICHIGAN
Marquette, MI
September 20th
6:00-9:00, talk in Creative Nonfiction Workshop, followed by reading from PERSIAN GIRLS
Northern Michigan University
1401 Presque Isle
Marquette, MI 49855
INFO: 906-227-1386
more details later

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Previous year:
2011
MARCH
Texas, Austin
March 3rd, Thursday, 11:00AM-12:15PM
Reading from PERSIAN GIRLS, discussion, booksigning
University of Texas, Austin
Parlin Hall 208
1 University Station, F9400
Austin, Texas 78712
Phone: 512 475 6605

MARCH
New York, Brooklyn
March 17, Thursday, 3:30-5:30 PM
Reading, PERSIAN GIRLS (memoir-growing up in Iran as young girl), Q&A, booksigning, reception.
(free and open to the public)
English department
St. Francis College
Maroney Theater, 7th Floor
180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, New York, 11201
Subway connections: very close to the event address:
2 and 3, 4 and 5, A, C all stop at Borough Hall
R stops at Court Street
Phone: 718.522.2300

MARCH
New Jersey, Ewing
March 24th (Thursday) 2:00-3:30 PM PM
Free and open to the public
Reading from Persian Girls, followed by Q&A
Library Auditorium
sponsored by English Department/​Women and Gender Studies
The College of New Jersey
2000 Pennington Road,
Ewing, NJ 08628
Info: (609) 771-2539

MARCH
Michigan, Dearborn
March. 31-Thursday
4:30 - 6:00 PM (reception following)
Reading, Q&A PERSIAN GIRLS (memoir)
University of Michigan-Dearborn, 1030 CASL Building
4901 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128
Info: 928-308-3785
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APRIL
Michigan, Dearborn
April 1-Friday, 10:08 - 11:00 a.m.
reading and talk -PERSIAN GIRLS
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., informal and small workshop discussion
Henry Ford Community College,
L-14, Liberal Arts Building
5101 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128
Info: 928-308-3785
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PREVIOUS 2090-2010 readings:
FEBRUARY
UTAH
Thursday, February 25
11:30 AM- 12:30 PM
Reading, booksigning, FOREIGNER, novel, and PERSIAN GIRLS, memoir
Utah Valley University
Guest Author Reading Series
Library Lecture Hall LI 120
800 W. University Parkway
Orem, UT 84058
Phone: 801.863.8577
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MARCH
POLAND, KRAKOW
NARCH 20, Saturday, 5:00 PM
Talk reading, PERSIAN GIRLS
University of Jagielloński
event at library cafe, "Massolit Cafe", within the distance of 20 minutes both to Main Market Square and the Wawel Castle (Felicjanek Streetcollegium Paderevianum,
Instytut Filologii Orientalnej
Uniwersytet Jagielloński
31-120 Kraków, Poland
Info: 00 48 12 413 67 81

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MARCH
NORTH CAROLINA, Cullowhee
Western Carolina University
Thursday, March 25. 4:00 PM
Reading, booksigning, PERSIAN GIRLS, memoir
WCU Literary Festival
UC Theater, the 3rd floor of the University Center at Western
Western Carolina University
Cullowhee. NC 28723
Info: 828.227.3270, 828.227.7264.
Free
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MARCH
NEW YORK, AURORA
March 31, 7:30 PM
WELLS COLLEGE
Readings from PERSIAN GIRLS and FOREIGNER
Visiting Writers Series
Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall
Wells College
170 Main Street, Aurora, NY 13026
Info: 315.364.3228
open to the Wells community and the public.
Free
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APRIL
FARMINGDALE, NY
April 22, Thursday 11 AM
Ward Hall on campus (a part of English Awards day-- I will give a reading and also announce the awards for student poetry and essays).
English/​Humanities, Visiting Writers Program
Farmingdale State College
2350 Broadhollow Road
Farmingdale, NY 11735
Phone: 631420 2645
Free
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May
CA, Los Angeles
Sunday, 3:00 PM, May 2, 2010
Program: "The Strangers Who Live Close By"
Short story, STRANGERS IN THE HOUSE, by Nahid Rachlin to be read by Freda Foh Shen, as a part of “Selected Shorts,” produced by Symphony Space, a public radio series featuring Hollywood and Broadway actors reading classic and new short fiction
At Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center of the Getty Museum
1200 Getty Center Dr (Sepulveda Blvd.)
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Info: (310) 440-7300
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JUNE
FOREST GROVE, OREGON
June 20, Sunday, 2:45-3:45 PM
Pacific University MFA program guest speaker, reading from PERSIAN GIRLS, talk about craft of fiction vs memoir writing
in McCready Hall in the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center.
Pacific University
A2043 College Way
Forest Grove, OR 97116
mfa@​pacificu.edu
Phone: 503-352-1531
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OCTOBER
OHIO, BOWLING GREEN
October 7, Thursday, 7:30 PM
Bowling Green Reading Series
Reading from Persian Girls, Q& A, Booksigning
in Prout Chapel, FREE and open to the public
Bowling Green State University
sponsored by Creative Writing, College of Arts and Sciences /​ BGSU
Bowling Green, Ohio 43403
Tel. 419-372-8370

OCTOBER
One of my short stories, Strangers In The House, is going to be aired on NPRs (Selected Shorts, produced by Symphony Space) around the country, starting from 10/​14-- most play the show at weekends). It is read by an actress Freda Foh Shen.
On WNYC it will be at:
10/​17--first WNYC broadcast, Sunday on WNYC AM 820 at 1pm
10/​23--second WNYC broadcast, Saturday on WNYC FM 93.9 at 10pm
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NOVEMBER
November 23
MANHATTAN, NYC
Marymount Manhattan College
English Department
4:00 PM-5:20 PM
221 East 71st Street, NY, NY 10021
Phone: 212-517-0400
More later
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DECEMBER
NEW JERSEY, CRAWFORD
Cranford High School for University Students
December 17
12:30 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.
More later

2009 READINGS (most of them as guest speakers in MFA Programs)
JANUARY
FLORIDA
St. Petersberg, Eckerd College
Writing Conference
Reading-Lecture
January 22, Thursday
Lecture, craft of memoir writing, 10:30 A.M.-Noon
Reading, book signing, PERSIAN GIRLS, 8:00 PM
4200 54th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, Florida 33711
Info: http:/​/​writersinparadise.eckerd.edu
Phone: 727 864 7994
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MARCH
PENNSYLVANIA
Philadelphia- Reading
along with Mimi Schwartz
March 3, Tuesday, 6:00 PM
University of Pennsylvania Kelly Writers House
3805 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 573-9748

MARCH
HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, NY
Discussion and reading from PERSIAN GIRLS, memoir, emphasis on Islamic cultures
March 22, Sunday, 3:00 P.M.
Hastings-on-Hudson Public Library
7 Maple Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York 10706
Phone: (914) 478-3307, (914) 478-3977

MARCH
MARYLAND
Baltimore- Workshop and reading
March 26, Thursday 7:00 PM
Reading from FOREIGNER and PERSIAN GIRLS
Andrew White Student Center
Fourth Flooring Program Room
Loyola College in Maryland
4501 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD. 21210
Phone: (410) 617 2780, (410) 617-2299

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APRIL
NEW YORK
Manhattan- April 2, Thursday, 6:30-8:30 P.M.
Reading from PERSIAN GIRLS,(along with Diane Simmons
Prose Pros Author-Reading Series
The Telephone Bar&Grill
149 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003
(btw 9th& 10th Streets)
(212) 529-5000
All trains to Union Square, 6 to Astor Place, F to Second Avenue

APRIL
NEW JERSEY
Princeton
April 16th, Thursday, 7:30 pm
Reading and booksigning-PERSIAN GIRLS
Princeton Public Library
65 Witherspoon St.
Princeton, NJ 08542 Tel: 609-924-9529

APRIL
CALIFORNIA
Los Angeles
April 18, Saturday- Roundtable-a dialogue and discussion with four other Iranian-American writers
startig at 10:00 AM-5:30 PM (breaks in between)
UCLA Faculty Center, Sequoia Room,
480 Charles Young Dr. East,
Los Angeles, CA, 90095
Tel: (310) 825-1455
More details later

APRIL
NEW HAMPSHIRE
Durham
April 23, Thursday, 5:00 P.M.
Reading from PERSIAN GIRLS, memoir
University of New Hamphshire- MFA Program-English Dept., reading takes place at: Memorial Union Building, MUB(theater 2)
83 Main Street, Durham, New Hampshire 03824
Phone: (603) 862-1313

APRIL
NEW YORK CITY
April 30, Thursday, 12:30 PM
classroom visit
John Jay college of Criminal Justice, CUNY
445 W. 59th Street, New York, Ny 10019
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MAY
LONG ISLAND
author reading-luncheon (Keynote Speaker for Fireplace Literary Club) at Bellport Country Club
S Country Rd
Bellport, NY 11713
631) 286-4227

MAY
Germany
May 22-May 31
BOOKTOUR AND WORKSHOPS
covering several universities and institutes in different cities, including Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Tuebingen, Augsburg, Heidelberg.
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JUNE
NEW YORK CITY-WISCONSIN
Monday, June 29,
4:00PM-5:00PM (Estern time), 3:00-4:00 (Central Time)
I will be interviewed, commenting on the condition of women in Iran, also for my memoir, PERSIAN GIRLS, audience can call in the second half of the hour: Here on Earth with Jean Feraca, Wisconsin Public Radio
JULY
NEW JERSEY
Rutgers, Camden Campus
Tuesday, July 7, 7:00 PM
Reading from PERSIAN GIRLS (I will be teaching a fiction workshop as well in the same afternoon-2:00-4:00)
General description: In the MFA Program: an intensive program of workshops and readings, featuring a staff of nationally-known writers, poets and editors. The series of workshops, lectures and lunch meetings is open to both Rutgers students and the community, though some prior workshop or professional experience is required. It may be taken for either undergraduate or graduate credit as well as on a non-credit certificate basis.
EVENING READINGS
The 2009 Summer Writers' Conference also features evening readings by the staff members and students. These affairs with refreshments begin at 7pm (except on Friday, July 10) and are free and open to the general public.
All readings will be in the Stedman Gallery in the Fine Arts Center.
For more information:
Phone: 856 225 6524
E-mail: mfa@​camden.rutgers.edu
Website:
http:/​/​summer.camden.rutgers.edu/​writconf.html
Rutgers, Camden Campus, Summer Writers Conference
319 Cooper Street, Second Floor
Camden, NJ 08102

JULY
NEW YORK CITY
July 9, Thursday, 7:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M.
Reading from PERSIAN GIRLS (along with authors: Ching-In Chen, Minal Hajratwala, Kim An Lieberman, reading from their work)
Asian-American Writers Workshop (readings)
16 West 32nd Street (btwn. Broadway & 5th Avenue)
10th Floor Suite 10A
New York, NY 10001
(near Herald Square, Penn Station and the Empire State Building)
www.aaww.org
Info: 212 494 0061
$5 suggested donation

JULY
OHIO, Yellow Springs
July 11–17
Antioch Writers’ Workshop: http:/​/​www.antiochwritersworkshop.com
Teaching a memoir workshop, and giving a reading
Yellow Springs, OH 45387
info @​antiochwritersworkshop.com
Phone: (937) 475-7357
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UPCOMING 2009 readings:

SEPTEMBER

NEW YORK CITY
Thursday, September 17, 6.30 to 8.30 PM
Segal Theater, Middle East & Middle Eastern American Center
The Graduate Center, City University of New York
365 Fifth Avenue, at 34th Str. New York,
NY 10016-4309
Free and open to the public
Tel: 212-817-7570
30 YEARS OF IRANIAN AMERICAN LITERATURE-- REFLECTIONS AND PROSPECTS
The poetry, short stories, novels and memoirs that have emerged from often contradictory experience form a diverse and growing body of multi-ethnic American literature that has given voice and identity to Iranian-America. Join novelist and memorist Nahid Rachlin, editor and poet, Persis Karim, poet Roger Sedarat, creative nonfiction writer Manijeh Nasrabadi, writer and translator, Kamran Rastegar, and moderator Desiree Navab for a discussion of the major trends and innovations within Iranian American literature, as well as the challenges inherent in writing and publishing about a culture that has often been stigmatized and stereotyped in the US media.
Nahid Rachlin's memoir, PERSIAN GIRLS tells the story of an Iranian girl growing up in a culture where, despite the Westernizing reforms of the Shah, women had little power or autonomy.

MEDFORD, NY
Thursday, Sept. 24, from 6 - 9 PM.
Reading from PERSIAN GIRLS, memoir, discussion and book signing, sponsored by Suffolk County, Adult Services, annual dinner
Mill Pond Country Club, 300 Mill Road, Medford, NY 11763
no admission fee, but you will have to pay for dinner
Phone: 631 924-6400 ext 248 or (631) 732-8249

NEW YORK CITY
Wednesday, September 30, 7:00- 9:00 PM.
Reading, Q&A, Book signing
Nahid Rachlin from her memoir, PERSIAN GIRLS
Shanthi Sekaran from her novel, PRAYER ROOM
The International Center in New York
50 West 23rd Street (between 5th & 6th Avenues)
7th Floor, New York, NY 10010
Phone: 212 255-9555
free and open to the public.
PERSIAN GIRLS tells the story of an Iranian girl growing up in a culture where, despite the Westernizing reforms of the Shah, women had little power or autonomy.

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OCTOBER

PENNSYLVANIA, Media
Thursday, October 15, 11:05AM-12:05PM
Reading from PERSIAN GIRLS
Delaware County Community College
Main campus auditorium
901 S. Media Line Road
Media, Pennsylvania 19063
Phone: Media, PA 19063
610-359-5341

INDIANA, Lafayette
Thursday, October 22,7:30 PM
Reading, Booksigning, PERSIAN GIRLS, memoir
Krannert Auditorium, Room 140
(Department of English, MFA program), Purdue University
500 Oval Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907
(765) 494-3740
(617) 281 8870

LONG ISLAND, Setauket
Wednesday, October 28, 7:30-9:00 PM
Reading, Booksigning, PERSIAN GIRLS, memoir
Jefferson Ferry Retirement Community
1 Jefferson Ferry Drive
South Setauket, New York 11720
phone: 631-650-3015.
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NOVEMBER
MASSACHUSETTS, Wellesley
November 12, Thursday
4:15 PM-
Reading from PERSIAN GIRSLS
Newhouse Center for the Humanities
Wellesley College
106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481
Phone: 781-283-1000

SHORT STORY
MEMOIR
REVIEW: NPR: The World, selected as ONE OF THE BEST FOUR BOOKS OF the year, by Christopher Merrill, Director of Iowa International Writing program: "If you want to know what it was like to grow up in Iran this is the book to read. Rachlin, the author of five previous works of fiction, including the much acclaimed Foreigner, begins her story at the age of nine, when she was taken away from the only mother she had ever known—her aunt, as it happens—and returned to a family in which the prospects of her becoming a writer were, at best, dim. But her portrait of the artist in an Islamic country on the verge of dramatic change is filled with light."
NOVELS
"If, as Aristotle reminds us, we are our desire, then who are we if the object of our desire is forbidden? What becomes of us if we are born in one world yet long for another? These are just two of the complex and difficult questions Nahid Rachlin explores and ultimately illuminates in this brave, engrossing, and timely novel. I recommend it highly!"--Andre (Dubus III),author of House of Sand and Fog, and In the Bedroom
"... a rare intimate look at Iranians who are poorer and less educated... I have read (this book) four times by now, and each time I have discovered new layers in it. The voice is cool and pure. Bleak is the right word, if you will understand that bleakness can have a startling beauty."
--Anne Tyler, New York Times Book Review
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