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It’s Complicated: Arvin Ahmadi & Adib Khorram

Tue, November 17 from 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm PST
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Arvin Ahmadi and Adib Khorran

 

IRL friends and novelists Arvin Ahmadi (How It All Blew Up) and Adib Khorram (Darius the Great Deserves Better) talk about their new books.

In How It All Blew Up, eighteen-year-old Amir Azadi always knew coming out to his Muslim family would be messy–he just didn’t think it would end in an airport interrogation room. But when faced with a failed relationship, bullies, and blackmail, running away to Rome is his only option. Right? Soon, late nights with new friends and dates in the Sistine Chapel start to feel like second nature… until his old life comes knocking on his door. Now, Amir has to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth to a US Customs officer, or risk losing his hard-won freedom.

“Filled to the brim with heart, wit, tenderness, and hope, How It All Blew Up had me savoring every page. Like a fine Italian meal, it left me so utterly satisfied, I don’t know how anything can compare. This book is perfect.” —Adib Khorram, award-winning author of Darius the Great Is Not Okay

In Darius the Great Deserves Better, Darius Kellner is having a bit of a year. Since his trip to Iran, a lot has changed. He’s getting along with his dad, and his best friend Sohrab is only a Skype call away. Between his first boyfriend, Landon, varsity soccer practices, and an internship at his favorite tea shop, things are falling into place. Darius was just starting to feel okay, like he finally knew what it meant to be Darius Kellner. But maybe okay isn’t good enough. Maybe Darius deserves better.

“Adib Khorram has done it again. Darius the Great Deserves Better is a gift of a novel, hitting all the right notes like a perfectly balanced tea—heartwarming and hilarious and beautifully honest. Fans of Darius Kellner, rest assured: This is the sequel we deserve.” —Arvin Ahmadi, author of Down & Across and Girl Gone Viral


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Arvin Ahmadi

Arvin Ahmadi grew up outside Washington, DC. He graduated from Columbia University and has worked in the tech industry. When he's not reading or writing books, he can be found watching late-night talk show interviews and editing Wikipedia pages. Down and Across is his first novel, followed by Girl Gone Viral. His most recent book is How It All Blew Up.

Purchase How It All Blew Up from Powell's Books, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners HERE.

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Adib Khorram

Adib Khorram lives in Kansas City, Missouri. When he isn't writing, you can probably find him trying to get his hundred-yard freestyle under a minute, learning to do a Lutz jump, or steeping a cup of oolong. His debut novel, Darius the Great Is Not Okay, earned several awards, including the William C. Morris Debut Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Young Adult Literature, and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor.

Purchase Darius the Great Deserves Better from Powell's Books, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners HERE.

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