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New from Nortia Press, LOVE AND POMEGRANATES: ARTISTS AND WAYFARERS ON IRAN (2013) brings together voices of Americans, Iranian-Americans, Europeans and Iranians in a rare collection, seven years in the making, by ordinary people who have found friendships, mentors, and muses in Iran.
In the last decade we have heard many stories about Afghanistan and Iraq by vets and journalists covering war. Meghan Nuttall Sayres also tread countless miles in the Middle East, including Syria and Iran. She traveled unarmed, save for the pair of knitting needles she used to make a hat for a 90 year old weaver in the desert town of Yazd, about 1,000 miles from Tehran. Sayres elucidates this story "Travels With Ramazan" her anthology LOVE AND POMEGRANATES Dr. Carl Ernst of UNC Chapel Hill has called LOVE AND POMEGRANATES “a work of citizen cultural diplomacy.”
In the words of Peabody award winner Reese Ehrlich, this is a book that “deconstructs many of the common myths about Iran. It has an in-depth content for those familiar with Iran, and it’s very accessible for those discovering the country for the first time. It’s a great read.”
LOVE AND POMEGRANATES contains work as diverse as traditional Iranian poetry, travel narratives, fairy tales and political essays. Contributors include such notables as Ambassador John W. Limbert, Rick Steves, Daniel Ladinsky alongside other writers, painters, and filmmakers.
Meghan Nuttall Sayres first traveled to Iran in 2005 to attend the country’s first International Children’s Book Festival, and returned in 2009 as the first American to weave on Iran’s World Peace Carpet, a project sponsored by UNESCO. Both her debut novel, ANAHITA’S WOVEN RIDDLE (American Library Association Top Ten Best Books and a Book Sense/Indie Pick 2007) and its companion novel NIGHT LETTER (nominated for American Library Association Best Fiction List 2014) are set in Iran at the turn of the 20th century. These novels were re-issued and published this year by Nortia Press with LOVE AND POMEGRANATES. Meghan lives in Washington State.
Nortia Press is a boutique publisher based in Orange County, California, focusing on literary fiction and global affairs.
Book: Night Letter - Anahita, a nomadic weaver living in early 20th-century Iran, is kidnapped on the eve of her wedding and thrown into the world of slavery and the mystical Sufi faith. Tinged with the fairytale quality of her award-winning Anahita's Woven Riddle, Sayres weaves details of Persian culture with poetry to create the story of a damsel in distress determined to save herself.
American author experiences a different side of Iran - My plane touched down in Tehran during the week in February 2005 when newspaper headlines warned, “Iran plans for a possible attack,” in reference to threats by the U.S. and Israel of air strikes on Iran's uranium enrichment facilities.
Meghan Nuttall Sayres's first novel on Iran, Anahita's Woven Riddle was just published in Iran in Persian by Ghatreh Publishers.
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