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SLO NightWriters General Meeting

Tuesday,  July 13th - 6:30 p.m.


Critique Group Round Table, 5:15 p.m.

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Meeting ID: 849 8288 5578
MPasscode: 287874

Meeting ID: 849 8288 5578
Passcode: 287874

AVA HOMA

Daughters of Smoke and Fire 

A Best Book of 2020 



Mark your calendars for July 13 when we will have a special guest presenter, Ava Homa. Ava’s Daughters of Smoke and Fire was named “A Best book of 2020.” She was nominated for the Frank O’Connor International Prize. Her book has been described as an unforgettable, haunting story of a young woman’s perilous fight for freedom and justice for her brother.
 

Set primarily in Iran, this extraordinary debut novel takes readers into the everyday lives of the Kurds. Leila dreams of making films to bring the suppressed stories of her people onto the global stage, but obstacles keep piling up.

 

Leila’s younger brother Chia, influenced by their father’s past torture, imprisonment, and his deep-seated desire for justice, begins to engage with social and political affairs. But his activism grows increasingly risky and one day he disappears in Tehran. Seeking answers about her brother’s whereabouts, Leila fears the worst and begins a campaign to save him. But when she publishes Chia’s writings online, she finds herself in grave danger as well.


Daughters of Smoke and Fire is an evocative portrait of the lives and stakes faced by 40 million stateless Kurds and a powerful story that brilliantly illuminates the meaning of identity and the complex bonds of family, perfect for fans of Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun.

Daughters of Smoke and Fire "unfurls the history of an oppressed people fighting for their right to live, love, thrive, and createHoma peels back layers of sorrow and injustice to reveal the resilience and hope of so many Kurds living in the stateless nation."—Chicago Review of Books







I hope to see you there.

Steven Mintz, PhD

Program Director SLO NightWriters.

Professor Emeritus

California Polytechnic State University

San Luis Obispo, CA 93407



Round Tables Critique Sessions begin at 5:15 pm

Terry Sanville  will be here to critique your work

Please keep your submission to two pages, typed, 12-point font, double spaced. This is a great—and safe—way to see what the critiquing process is all about, get valuable feedback from two fantastic writers, and practice reading your work to a small audience. 

This is an opportunity to get feedback on your work in progress and practice your constructive critiquing skills. It is also a great way to get to know other writers in our group. You do not have to bring along work to participate. Please keep submissions to double-spaced, 12 font, two pages.








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