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Best-selling author to speak at Olivet College
Mar 15, 2010

Best-selling author Firoozeh Dumas will speak as part of Olivet Colleges Lecture and Symposium Series Wednesday, March 24 at 1:30 p.m. in Mott Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Dumas was born in Abadan, Iran and moved to Whittier, Calif. at the age of seven. After a two-year stay, she and her family moved back to Iran and lived in Ahvaz and Tehran. Two years later, they moved back to Whittier, then to Newport Beach.

Dumas grew up listening to her father, a former Fulbright Scholar, recount the many colorful stories of his life. In 2001, with no prior writing experience, Dumas decided to write her stories as a gift for her children. Random House published these stories in 2003. Funny in Farsi was on the San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times best-seller lists and was a finalist for the PEN/USA award in 2004 and a finalist in 2005 for an Audie Award for best audio book.

For the past seven years, Dumas has traveled the country reminding us that our commonalities far outweigh our differences and doing so with humor. She has spoken in conferences, schools, universities, churches, Jewish Temples and Islamic centers. Her travels have taken her from the East Coast to the West Coast, from Harvard University to UCLA. Everywhere she has gone, audiences have embraced her message of shared humanity and invited her back for more.

The Persian version of Funny in Farsi is currently one of the best-selling books in Iran and ABC has created a sitcom based on Funny in Farsi. Dumas second book, Laughing Without an Accent, a series of autobiographical essays, was published by Random House in May 2008.

For more information on the speaker, visit www.firoozehdumas.com. For more information on the lecture, call (269) 749-7131.


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