An Evening with Suzi Ehtesham-Zadeh

in conversation with her her sisters, Vermont educators Miriam and Ariane Ehtesham
Tuesday, July 30, 2024 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
2 Carmichael St
Essex, VT 05452

Please join us a Phoenix Books for an evening with author Suzi Ehtesham-Zadeh and her sisters, Vermont educators Miriam and Ariane Ehtesham for a discussion of Suzi's recently released book, Zan, a collection of stories that provide a deep and nuanced view of contemporary Iranian women as they navigate a critical moment in their nation's history. 

About Zan:

A university student strips off her hijab in the streets of Tehran and films herself as part of a daring protest movement. A wealthy Iranian woman living in Atlanta maintains a secret life as a burlesque dancer. A teenager slips out of a hotel room at night to skinny dip in the toxic Caspian Sea. An Iranian lesbian agonizes over her coming out and her father's subsequent attempts to re-educate her. These are some of the many windows Zan opens into the complex lives of Iranian women today-those who continue to suffer oppression under the Islamic Republic, those who are crafting new identities in America, and those who hover somewhere in between.

Against the backdrops of the Islamic Republic and the American empire, these women grapple with the rigid standards foisted upon them and struggle to forge meaningful relationships with people who misunderstand and otherize them. Winner of the 2022 Dzanc Short Collection Prize, Zan explores feelings familiar to anyone who has ever felt marginalized or who has sought a home in a world where cultures collide and conflict.

Suzi Ehtesham-Zadeh was born in Washington, D.C. to an Iranian father and an American mother. She moved to Iran at age 5 and grew up in Tehran under the Shah. She returned to the U.S. to attend Stanford University, and when the Islamic Revolution started brewing shortly after she graduated, she moved back to Iran and plopped herself down in it. She later received an MFA in Creative Writing from Boston University. A lifelong English teacher, she has taught in schools and universities on three continents, but her permanent home is a 6-acre farm in Woodstock, GA. Her fiction has been published in numerous publications, including The Georgia Review, Gertrude Press, and Fiction International, and she received an honorable mention for The Best American Short Stories 2018.

DATE:  Tuesday, July 30h, 6:30PM

LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Essex, 2 Carmichael St, Essex, VT 05452

ADMISSION: This event is free and open to all.  Advance registration is requested, but not required. You can register below.

BOOKS: Signed copies of Zan will be available at the event. Can't make it to the event but still want to purchase a signed, personalized copy? Click HERE. Copies will be available after the event on July 30th. If you ordered a book for store pick up, we will contact you as soon as it's ready. If you ordered a book with shipping, please allow an additional 7-10 days for delivery.