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Firoozeh Dumas Talks Persian-American Humor at the Egyptian

Wednesday, March 13

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The years before the Iranian Revolution were full of political and economic uncertainty: Growing income disparity between the rich and poor and renewed interest in religious values fueled revolution. Out of the turmoil came comic author and speaker Firoozeh Dumas.

Dumas will read from her works as part of The Cabin's Readings and Conversations series, offering fresh and funny perspectives on everything from shared human experiences to revolution to family, and answering questions from the audience.

Dumas first came to America when she was 7 years old, and after bouncing between California and Iran, she settled in the United States and began writing stories for her children about Mickey Mouse, the "F word" and elementary school, modeled after her father's own storytelling. These were later published as Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America (2003). She has written a second book, Laughing Without an Accent (2008).

In 2005, she was the first Middle Eastern woman to be a finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor, which she lost to Jon Stewart, and has been a regular contributor for National Public Radio, the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times.

Skimming over cultural stereotypes by showing the reader her own immigration experience through lighthearted comedy, Dumas takes readers on hilarious journeys that touch on serious topics like identity, discovery and the power of family--journeys she'll embark on with the audience at the Egyptian Theatre Wednesday, March 13.

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