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Event in Beverly Hills: Celebration of A Mirror Garden, a memoir of an Iranian artist


The Levantine Center hosts an evening in celebration of A Mirror Garden, a memoir of an Iranian artist, by Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian and Zara Houshmand


With book signing by author Zara Houshmand, a dramatic reading by Shohreh Aghdashloo, and music from Sussan Deyhim


Thursday, Sept. 20, 7pm

Beverly Hills Public Library Auditorium

444 N. Rexford, Beverly Hills 90210

rsvp 310-657-5511


"An enchanting love story, a compelling portrait of the creative spirit, and a celebration of the warmth and grace of Iranian culture, A Mirror Garden is also a genuine fairy tale whose exuberant heroine has never needed rescuing for by embracing experience, she has always charmed her own life."



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REVIEWS of A Mirror Garden


“Halfway through Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian’s new memoir, A Mirror Garden, she describes playing a game of Twister in front of the shah: 'I was sprawled akimbo on the plastic mat with my ass in the air.' This comical image of a woman straddling East and West, the ancient regime and modernity is a touchstone for Farmanfarmaian’s life... she is a zany woman with a sense of adventure and curiosity... The memoir whisks the reader down the back roads of pre-revolution Iran, but its most powerful episodes revolve around the author’s creative development... a life made vivid in this splendid memoir.”

-Ben Loehnen, Time Out New York


“Her graceful memoir maps an intrepid trajectory...”

-The New Yorker


“Captivating . . . Sumptuously detailed.”
-Megan OGrady, Vogue


A Mirror Garden is a story about the different aspects of one person -- a woman who is a wife, a mother and an artist -- and how, after many years, she finds herself as both a woman and as an artist. It is also the story of a place and of this particular woman's love of a country, Iran, which despite her years apart from it and despite its tempestuous history, remains forever in her heart. It is also a timeless and very timely memoir of home and self-identity.”
-June Sawyers, San Francisco Chronicle


Farmanfarmaian's story of the evolution of an artist's aesthetic amid terrible upheaval is fresh and unexpected. And her appreciation for the stark beauty and culture of Iran shapes a finely patterned and loving portrait of a now-demonized land.”

-Donna Seaman, Booklist


“She has not allowed the past to either trap her in nostalgia or corner her into defensive bitterness. In every world she has traveled, she has never been petty . . . She labels one of her photographs . . . "A Woman in Full." The reader will come away from these pages agreeing wholeheartedly."
-Roger Gathman, Austin American-Statesman

A Mirror Garden introduces the captivating story of a unique artist. Monirs art is beguiling, and so is the story of how she came to be a creator and collector of beautiful things.”
Her Majesty Queen Noor

“This thought-provoking, heartbreaking, delightful memoir spirits us across the battlefield of todays headlines into a kaleidoscopic landscape of Iran in all its magical richness. Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian boldly follows her dream of becoming an artist in the West before following love back to a new Iran. Like a Persian Audrey Hepburn, she recounts her adventures among boorish fanatics, elegant spies, celebrities, and, best of all, her own eccentric family, with a combination of plainspoken pluck and grace under pressure that is inspiring and irresistible.”
Tom Reiss, author of The Orientalist



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