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Life Lessons with Firoozeh Dumas, best selling author

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Persian author Firoozeh Dumas pens an accurate history of US-Iran relations that will resonate in today’s political climate.  Her debut middle-grade novel It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel pubs May 3rd. Dumas based much of this novel on her own experiences emigrating from Iran to Newport Beach in the 1970s. She is the author of the best-selling memoir Funny in Farsi as well as a National Council of Social Studies Spirit of America Award-winner, a PEN/USA Award finalist, a Thurber Prize for American Humor finalist, and an Audie Award finalist. A frequent commentator on NPR, Dumas’s writing has also appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Good Housekeeping, and more.

 It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel is your first book for young readers. What inspired you to start writing for kids?

The main character in the book, you were born in Iran and moved to California as a girl. How did this experience shape you?

Humor plays a huge role in the book, and in your writing in general. What does humor mean to you? Recently, there has been a huge push for more diversity in children’s literature. Why is this important to you personally?

 

The novel takes place in the 1970s as Iran makes U.S. headlines with protests, revolution, and finally the taking of American hostages. Why was it important for you to share this piece of history with young readers?  What books inspired you when you were in middle school?What do you hope readers take away from It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel? Tell us about the Falafel Kindness Project?

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