May 16, 2003

Authors Are People Too

I recently had the pleasure of meeting a family friend who also happens to be an accomplished author. Her name is Firoozeh Dumas and she has a new book that's about to be published. Funny in Farsi is "a warm, affectionate, and frequently hilarious memoir of growing up Iranian-American in Southern California". Firoozeh's been getting all sorts of great press recently but perhaps her strongest endorsement yet has come from Nobel laureate Jimmy Carter who had the following to say about the forthcoming book:

"A humorous and introspective chronicle of a life filled with love--of family, country, and heritage."

Who knows, maybe someone will read the book and turn it into a screenplay. If that does happen I'll be flattered to call the author a friend. Listen to her NPR piece to find out why I think she rocks.

Speaking of authors, I recently wrote to Malcolm Gladwell of The Tipping Point fame. It turns out we have a friend in common. I was surprised when, the next day, I received a kind note back indicating he was flattered that I enjoyed his work (The Tipping Point is on my top ten list for non-fiction). Loyal fans rest easily, he is hard at work on his next book (which explains why his New Yorker pieces haven't been appearing recently. He'll be back with those in the Fall).

Posted by Pedraum at May 16, 2003 10:30 AM |