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KATHERINE WHITNEY & Contributors at Books Inc. Berkeley

Katherine Whitney author photo and My Shadow is My Skin cover image

Editor Katherine Whitney and contributors Persis Karim, Renta Koshroo LouwersRoia FerrazaresNazanine AttaranLeyla Farzaneh, and Maryam Atai, discuss their powerful essay collection, My Shadow Is My Skin: Voices from the Iranian Diaspora.

The Iranian revolution of 1979 launched a vast, global diaspora, with many Iranians establishing new lives in the United States. In the four decades since, the diaspora has expanded to include not only those who emigrated immediately after the revolution but also their American-born children, more recent immigrants, and people who married into Iranian families, all of whom carry their own stories of trauma, triumph, adversity, and belonging that reflect varied and nuanced perspectives on what it means to be Iranian or Iranian American. The essays in My Shadow Is My Skin are these stories.

This collection brings together thirty-two authors, both established and emerging, whose writing captures the diversity of Iranian diasporic experiences. Reflecting on the Iranian American experience over the past forty years and shedding new light on themes of identity, duality, and alienation in twenty-first-century America, the authors present personal narratives of immigration, sexuality, marginalization, marriage, and religion that offer an antidote to the news media's often superficial portrayals of Iran and the people who have a connection to it. My Shadow Is My Skin illuminates a community that rarely gets to tell its own story.

Photo Credit: katherine briccetti photography

Event date: 
Monday, March 16, 2020 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Books Inc. Berkeley
1491 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA
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By Katherine Whitney (Editor), Leila Emery (Editor)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781477320273
Availability: Coming Soon - AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER
Published: University of Texas Press - March 16th, 2020

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