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Novel WritersAzareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi Call Me Zebra

Date

Thursday 10 May 2018, 6.30–8pm

Admission

£5, £3 concessions Booking advised

Event type

Talks:
Novel Writers

‘What Maggie Nelson's The Argonauts did for gender and sexuality, Call Me Zebra does for the experience of exile’ – Los Angeles Review of Books

After the death of her father, an exiled Iranian man of letters, 22-year-old Zebra embarks on this adventure, love story, and paean to the power of language and literature, starring a heroine as quirky as Don Quixote, as introspective as Virginia Woolf, as whip-smart as Miranda July, and as spirited as Frances Ha.

From an award-winning young author, a novel following a feisty heroine’s quest to reclaim her past through the power of literature—even as she navigates the murkier mysteries of love.

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'Splendidly eccentric...Hearken ye fellow misfits, migrants, outcasts, squint-eyed bibliophiles, library-haunters and book stall-stalkers: Here is a novel for you.' – Wall Street Journal 

Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi

Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi is the author of the novels Fra Keeler and Call Me Zebra, and an Assistant Professor in the M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing at the University of Notre Dame. She is the winner of a 2015 Whiting Writers' Award, a National Book Foundation 'Under 35' honoree, and the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, as well as residency fellowships from MacDowell and Ledig House. Her work has appeared in the Paris Review, Guernica, Granta, BOMB, and elsewhere. She has lived in New York, Los Angeles, Tehran, Dubai, Valencia, Barcelona, and currently splits her time between South Bend, Indiana and Florence, Italy.


Supported by
  • Bristol Festival of Ideas