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Meet the Author: Dina Nayeri

"A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea"
Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 12:00pm
90 Snell
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A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea is a stunning debut novel that is a beautifully written, spellbinding story about a girl who, separated from her mother and twin sister during the chaos following the Iranian Revolution, uses her powerful imagination and obsession with Western culture to escape the turmoil surrounding her. Inspired by the author’s personal desire to reconnect with her roots after having fled Iran as a child, A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea begins with 11-year-old Saba Hafezi as she watches her mother and twin sister board a plane to America. Saba is left behind, and over the next decade she imagines an idyllic American life for her twin sister, one that also gives Saba the strength and freedom she needs to cope with the limited possibilities and cruelty of her life in Iran. 

Dina Nayeri was born in Tehran during the revolution and immigrated to Oklahoma at 10-years-old. She has a B.A. from Princeton and a Master of Education and M.B.A. from Harvard. She is a Truman Capote Fellow and a Teaching Writing Fellow at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. 

This event is free and open to the public, refreshments will be served. Please contanct Tom Urell at t.urell [at] with questions or to RSVP.