NEW YORK, November 17, 2014 - Salar Abdoh, author of the novel Tehran at Twilight and editor of the new anthology Tehran Noir, joins poet, author, and activist Roya Hakakian for a talk in which they look at crime and mystery fiction as a lens onto contemporary Iranian society. (1 hr., 28 min.)
Salar Abdoh was born in Iran, and splits his time between Tehran and New York City, where he is co-director of the Creative Writing MFA Program at the City College of New York. He is the author of The Poet Game: A Novel and Opium. His essays and short stories have appeared in various publications, including the New York Times, BOMB, Callaloo, Guernica, La Régle du Jeu, Drawbridge, and the BBC. He is the recipient of the NYFA Prize and the National Endowment for the Arts award.
Rachel Cooper has been at the Asia Society since 1993 and is the Director for Cultural Programs and Performing Arts. She has extensive experience in the presentation of traditional and contemporary Asian and Asian-American performing arts and the development of interdisciplinary programs.
Roya Hakakian is a journalist and writer. She has collaborated with the journalism units on 60 Minutes, A&E's "Travels With Harry" hour, and ABC Documentary Specials with the late Peter Jennings, Discovery and The Learning Channel. She writes for numerous publications, including the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and is a contributor to the Weekend Edition of NPR's All Things Considered. She is a founding member of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center, and a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations. She provides commentary on the subject of the Middle East and human rights to the media and has appeared on CSPAN-Book TV, CNN International, CBS Early Show, and Now with Bill Moyers. Hakakian is the author of two collections of poetry in Persian and Journey from the Land of No: A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran.