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Book Launch for ‘The Book of Tehran’
Date: Friday 1st March 2019
Time: 16:00 –17:00
Venue: Lighthouse Bookshop, 43-45 W Nicolson St, Edinburgh EH8 9DB
Entry: FREE Admission
Box Office: Click here to book.

Join us to celebrate the launch of The Book of Tehran published by Comma Press - a collection of contemporary short stories from ten renowned contemporary Iranian writers. Enjoy a reading of the stories with Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh, hear more about the anthology and pick up one of the very first copies of the book!

Tehran is the beating heart of Iran, a creative tour de force and a city that has for decades produced some of the most inventive voices in the Middle East. In a rare commission, a new collection of stories offers a glimpse into the real life of this city. The outside world focuses on extremes in Iran, but what the writers herein set out to portray are the inner stories of urban life, and where they stand in all of this; their identity, their connections and their private lives. The short story is a popular format in Iran, offering a window to different perspectives and an opportunity to showcase rising writers. Readers will experience Tehran through ten of the best contemporary short stories published after 2000, available for the first time in English, from the country’s most exciting literary voices: Goli Taraghi, Kourosh Asadi, Payam Nasser, Azardokht Bahrami, Fereshteh Ahmadi, Mohammad Hosseini, Amirhossein Khorshidfar, Hamed Habibi, Atoosa Afshin-Navid and Mohammad Tolouei - brilliantly interpreted by leading Persian to English translators. Often reflective, and sometimes humorous, ironic, poetic, romantic or surreal.

This publication forms part of a wider programme by Visiting Arts promoting contemporary Iranian literature and culture in the UK, encouraging the advancement of Persian to English translation, and facilitating professional development opportunities and exchange between UK and Iran literary networks.

Books about Iran available at the Lighthouse Bookshop
Date: 16th Feb - 9th March 2019
Time: Mon-Sat: 10:00-20:00 / Sun: 11:30-17:00
Venue: Lighthouse Bookshop, 43-45 W Nicolson St, Edinburgh EH8 9DB

To mark the Festival, the Lighthouse bookshop have put together a special collection of books on Iran, its history, and its culture. This collection will be available for purchase throughout the Festival so visit the shops and enjoy a browse!

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