About the Author

Fereshteh Molavi

Born in Tehran a month after the coup in 1953, Fereshteh Molavi lived and worked there as a writer, editor, award-winning translator, and research librarian until 1998 when she immigrated to Toronto. While in Iran, unable to publish some of her works due to censorship and war, she compiled a comprehensive bibliography of short stories in Persian and also translated numerous works by internationally-known writers. After ceasefire in 1988, she published her first novel, Khaneh-ye abr-o-bad (The House of Cloud and the Wind); her first collection of short stories, Pari-ye Aftabi (The Sun Fairy); and two other works of fiction. In Canada, she taught Persian language and literature at University of Toronto and York University, and essay writing at Seneca College. As a member of PEN Canada, she was a fellow at Massey College and a lecturer-in-residence at George Brown College. Molavi has had readings in Sweden, France, U.S., and Canada. Her work has appeared in many North American anthologies, among them, Speaking in Tonguesand TOK. Since 2009, she has published two more novels, two collections of short fiction, and one collection of essays in Persian, which though censored in Iran, have been released in Europe.

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