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[Past Event] Daughters of Smoke and Fire | In Person

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Course Description:

The unarmed Iranian population, sparked by Jina (Mahsa) Amini's death at the hands of the morality police, revolted against religious dictatorship. Like Mahsa, Leila, the protagonist of Ava Homa's "Daughters of Smoke and Fire," was a Kurdish woman. Their individual stories were distinct, but their history, culture, and socio-economic realities were similar, the oppression they withstood, and the desire for freedom they cherished. On and off the page, Leila and Mahsa represent millions of women who bravely fight for justice and equality in Iran. In this special presentation, author Ava Homa talks about the resistance and the role of her novel in empowering the movement by amplifying its intersectionality and by offering literary representation.


Tuition: $10.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Wednesday, Mar. 29 *3:30 - 5:00pm* (1 session)


Course will be presented live at CSUMB Ryan Ranch (8 Upper Ragsdale Road, Monterey) and will NOT be recorded or available for viewing later. Seats are limited.


Ava Homa is an award-winning author, journalist and activist. Her words have appeared in the "Globe "and "Mail," "Guardian," "BBC," "Literary Hub," and more. Her debut novel, "Daughters of Smoke and Fire," won the 2020 Silver Nautilus Award for fiction, was shortlisted for the 2022 William Saroyan Writing Prize, and was Roxane Gay’s book club pick for December.