Author Shabnam Curtis will read a few passages of her book My Persian Paradox: Memories of an Iranian Girl and will talk about her journey of memoir writing. She wrote her memoir not only to heal, but more importantly to share her story with others to contribute her share and to enrich the diversity of voices. She believes, the more we understand each other, the more empathy we create. Let’s hope creating more empathy and compassion bring us more opportunity to collaborate and respect each other’s experiences. Let's share our stories!
My Persian Paradox: Memories of an Iranian Girl is a tale of resilience facing oppression and dictatorship along with fighting with narrow traditional and restrictive cultural rules. This memoir is a journey of self-discovery, mother-daughter relationship obstacles, forbidden love, and the universal desire for freedom.
Shabnam Curtis was born and raised in Tehran, experiencing the Iranian Revolution of 1979 firsthand. In 2004 she immigrated to the United States, where she now works as a project analyst by day and a passionate writer all other time. Shabnam teaches memoir writing workshops and is working on her second memoir (sequel). Her articles have been published on Views & News and Eat, Darling, Eat network. She lives in Virginia, with her husband and two dogs. Her motto is "We all have a story to tell. Share your story, listen to others' stories. Create more EMPATHY & LOVE!"