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Meet debut author Nazanine Hozar, a rising star of the literary world, in conversation with one of her biggest fans, international bestselling author and screenwriter John Irving (The World According to Garp and The Cider House Rules).
Hozar’s new novel, Aria, is a feminist odyssey which tells the story of a girl in a time of intolerance on the brink of Iran’s 1979 Revolution. With Irving as your guide, you’ll get to know this emerging author and uncover the rich contemporary relevance of her poised and dramatic new historical novel. Hosted by Khalida Hassan.
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Khalida Venus Hassan received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. In 2018, she was selected as a finalist for the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. She lives in Toronto, where she works as a literary assistant and is working on a collection of short stories.
Nazanine Hozar was born in Tehran, Iran and lives in British Columbia, Canada. Her fiction and non-fiction have been published in The Vancouver Observer and Prairie Fire magazine. Aria is her first novel.
John Irving was born in Exeter, New Hampshire, in 1942. His first novel, Setting Free the Bears, was published in 1968, when he was twenty-six. He competed as a wrestler for twenty years, and coached wrestling until he was forty-seven. Mr. Irving has been nominated for a National Book Award three times—winning once, in 1980, for his novel The World According to Garp. In 2000, Mr. Irving won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules. An international writer—his novels have been translated into more than thirty-five languages. John Irving lives in Toronto.