Friday Afternoon Author Series 2019
Jasmin Darznik - Song of a Captive Bird
Friday, April 26, 2019
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
William Keith Room
College of Marin Library at Kentfield
In Song of a Captive Bird, whether gossiping with her sister among the fragrant roses of her mother’s walled garden, or sneaking out to flirt with a teenage paramour over café glace, Forugh Farrokzhad was always a rebel. Though Iran was Westernizing in the 1940s, during Forugh’s childhood, most of the country still believed that women were not to be heard from. Yet, at age eleven, young Forugh began writing poems to impress her strict, disapproving father—and a passion for words lodged deeply within her. When she ended up in a suffocating marriage at sixteen, she ran away and fell into a passionate love affair which only increased her creative wingspan, leading her to seek freedom and independence.
Her poems were considered both scandalous and brilliant; Forugh was at once a national treasure and the devil too. She persevered, living by her own rules, at the cost of love, friendship, and eventually her own life, cut tragically short at the age of 32, amid the violent upheaval of the budding Iranian revolution.
In subsequent years, Forugh’s poetry was banned, the presses that printed her work burned to the ground, and citizens forced to hide away their treasured collections of her verses. To this day, Forugh Farrokhzad represents the birth of feminism in Iran, and Jasmin Darznik uses the lens of fiction to capture the tenacity, spirit, and ecstatic turmoil of this iconic woman’s story.
Jasmin Darznik’s debut novel Song of a Captive Bird was selected as a New York Times Book Review “Editors’ Choice” book as well as one of 2018’s “Best Books” by Vogue, Ms. and Newsweek. Jasmin is also the author of the New York Times bestseller The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother’s Hidden Life. Her books have been published and are forthcoming in seventeen countries, and her next book, a historical novel set in 1920s San Francisco, is forthcoming from Random House. She received a PhD in English from Princeton University and now teaches in the MFA creative writing program at California College of the Arts.
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Sponsored by Emeritus Students College of Marin, College of Marin Community Education and Lifelong Learning, & Book Passage.
This event is free and open to the public. No registration required.