From Moji’s house on Sun Street in Tehran, readers experience the 1979 Iranian revolution through the eyes of a young girl and her family members during a time of concussive political and social change.

The days of listening to her grandfather recount enchanting stories of One Thousand and One Nights seem far gone as Moji endures the harrowing first days of the violent revolution, a fraught passage to the US where there is only hostility from her classmates during the Iranian hostage crisis, her father’s detainment by the Islamic Revolutionary Army, and finally, the massive change in the status of women in post-revolution Iran. 

Author Mojgan Ghazirad will be in conversation with poet Rosa Castellano, Cave Canem’s Starshine and Clay Fellow. 

Festival of the Book Preview Events bring authors across the state before the main Festival in Charlottesville on March 20-24. Preview events are sponsored by Michelle and David Baldacci. This event is presented in partnership with the Staunton Public Library.

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  • This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.
  • For Covid protocol, please see our Festival Info page. For accessibility needs, contact Ray Nedzel by March 1.
  • All Festival authors and speakers represent themselves, and do not speak on behalf of Virginia Humanities or the University of Virginia.

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