“The Poet’s Daughter is an engrossing coming-of-age tale of a Persian girl torn between devotion to her father- Bahar, the last icon of classical Persian poetry-and her own relentless desire to fashion for herself an identity as an independent, assertive modern woman…The beguiling simple elegance of the narrative never shies away from the harsh and heroic realities of the story.”
–Abbas Milani, Director of Iranian Studies, Stanford University

About the Speaker
Parvaneh Bahar was born in Tehran, Iran and came to the US in 1953. She has a B.A. in English Literature from American University and an M.S. from Catholic University of America in Washington DC. She worked for 29 years as Research Librarian for the World Bank and IMF Library and has written two books in Persian - Morgh Sahar: Khaterat Parvaneh Bahar (Memoir of Parvaneh Bahar) and Abeh Portaghal (Orange Juice). Parvaneh's third book, The Poet's Daughter: Malek o'Shoara Bahar of Iran and the Immortal Song of Freedom is in English and was published in September 2011.

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