The Stationery Shop: Author Talk with Marjan Kamali

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Event Details

NOTE: This program will be on Zoom only. When registering, please include your email to get the Zoom webinar link.

Marjan Kamali will join us to discuss her novel, The Stationery Shop, a story of love, loss, reconciliation, and the twists and turns of fate, set against the political upheaval of 1953 Tehran. Marjan will share her background, influences, inspiration for the book, writing/research process, and more, and then she'll be delighted to take your questions!

You can find the book in our catalog, and we have additional copies available for checkout at the first floor service desk--just ask a staff member!

About the book

Roya, a dreamy, idealistic teenager living amid the political upheaval of 1953 Tehran, finds a literary oasis in kindly Mr. Fakhri’s neighborhood stationery shop, stocked with books and pens and bottles of jewel-colored ink.

Then Mr. Fakhri, with a keen instinct for a budding romance, introduces Roya to his other favorite customer—handsome Bahman, who has a burning passion for justice and a love for Rumi’s poetry—and she loses her heart at once. Their romance blossoms, and the little stationery shop remains their favorite place in all of Tehran.

A few short months later, on the eve of their marriage, Roya agrees to meet Bahman at the town square when violence erupts—a result of the coup d’etat that forever changes their country’s future. In the chaos, Bahman never shows. For weeks, Roya tries desperately to contact him, but her efforts are fruitless. With a sorrowful heart, she moves on—to college in California, to another man, to a life in New England—until, more than sixty years later, an accident of fate leads her back to Bahman and offers her a chance to ask him the questions that have haunted her for more than half a century: Why did you leave? Where did you go? How is it that you were able to forget me?

Read more about the book here.

About Marjan Kamali

Marjan Kamali is the award-winning author of The Stationery Shop (Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster), a national bestseller, and Together Tea (EccoBooks/HarperCollins), a Massachusetts Book Award finalist. She is a 2022 recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship.

Kamali’s novels are published in translation in more than 20 languages (19 languages for The Stationery Shop and 8 languages for Together Tea). Her essays have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Literary Hub, and the Los Angeles Review of Books

Kamali holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of California, Berkeley, a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University, and a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from New York University. Born in Turkey to Iranian parents, Kamali spent her childhood in Turkey, Iran, Germany, Kenya, and the U.S.  She currently teaches creative writing at GrubStreet and lives in the Boston area with her family.

More about the program

When registering, be sure to include your email address to get a confirmation email with the Zoom webinar link. If you have trouble connecting to the webinar, please call the Library at 970-586-8116, and someone will assist you.

An Estes Valley Library "Wander the World" Summer Reading program.

Event Type(s): Books & Authors
Age Group(s): Adult
Presenter: Marjan Kamali
Eric White
(970) 586-8116 ext. 832

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