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Live! from the Library: In Conversation with Author Donia Bijan

Event Type: Author Talk
Age Group(s): Adults (18+)
Date: 1/10/2018
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:30 PM
 Filled with sumptuous descriptions of food and set against the backdrop of Iran's rich and tragic history, Bay Area author Donia Bijan weaves together a story of homecoming and identity in her new novel The Last Days of Cafe Leila. Bijan will take to the Live! from the Library stage in conversation with Persis Karim, professor and scholar of Iranian diaspora culture. The evening will include a wine reception with books available for purchase and signing.

The Last Days of Cafť Leila is inspired by Bijanís return to Tehran following decades of exile. Bijan left her native Iran in 1978 during the Islamic Revolution. She settled in California and graduated from UC Berkeley and Le Cordon Bleu. After presiding over many of San Franciscoís acclaimed restaurants and earning awards for her French-inspired cuisine, she opened her own restaurant, Líamie Donia, in Palo Alto in 1994. She now divides her days between teaching and writing. Her memoir, Mamanís Homesick Pie, was published in 2011.

Karim is a professor of world and comparative literature and the Neda Nobari Inaugural Chair of the newly-established Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies at San Francisco State University. She is the editor of three anthologies of Iranian diaspora literature compiled over the last two decades. She has published numerous articles on literature and culture of the Iranian diaspora for academic and popular journals such as Iranian Studies, World Literature Today, and Ms. Magazine and her poetry has appeared in numerous national literary journals.

Live! from the Library, produced by the Walnut Creek Library Foundation, features free public lectures, literary events, and cultural programs at the Walnut Creek and Ygnacio Valley libraries. Program sponsors are the East Bay Times, Friends of the Walnut Creek Library, and Minuteman Press Lafayette. For more information about this and other Walnut Creek Library Foundation programs, please visit www.wclibrary.org, or call 925.935.5395.
Library: Walnut Creek Libraries - Walnut Creek
Location: Oak View Room
Registration Ends: 1/10/2018 at 3:00 PM
Contact: Susan Moon
Contact Number: 925-935-5395
Presenter: Donia Bijan
Status: Closed

We're sorry. The registration deadline was 1/10/2018 at 3:00 PM.