Presentation, Q&A & Booksigning: Pari Forood - "The Gates of Light"

Event date: 
Saturday, October 24, 2015 - 4:00pm
Event address: 
26 Main Street
Millerton, NY 12546

This event will take place at 26 Main Street, Millerton, NY 12546

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While working in Washington, D.C. in 1984 as the Press Secretary for Congressman Hamilton Fish, Jr. Pari Forood gets a phone call from her father.  Her seventeen-year-old Iranian cousin has been drafted during the Iran/Iraq war.  He must flee from Iran or face an almost certain death.  Joining a cast of international characters that include Pakistani black market passport dealers, members of Francois Mitterrand’s inner political sanctum, influential committee members on Capitol Hill and INS agents here in the United States, Forood uses her ties in Washington to help extricate her young cousin whom she has not seen in fourteen years.

Ms. Forood, born to an immigrant Iranian father and a mother who can trace her heritage to early American settlers, writes a timely true-life novel inviting us to reflect on our own diverse nationalities while simultaneously understand what it means to be American. Through lighthearted yet accurately profound writing, Forood faces unapologetically her love affairs and back-door Congressional dealings to show that courage is rarely simple and can come at the most unexpected time.  As she wrote in a speech for Congressman Fish, “We are all immigrants in this country, judged not by our ancestry but by our accomplishments.”  She confirms that our ancestry can be our greatest asset and self-acceptance of identity our greatest redemptive achievement.The Gates of Light is her love letter to America.