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Let's Talk About: Immigration

Immigration is part of the current American divide and core to the American experience. Let’s talk about it with author Firoozeh Dumas and others as they share their stories.

Dumas has traveled the country reminding us that our commonalities far outweigh our differences. Her travels have taken her throughout rural America, from the East Coast to the West Coast, from Harvard University to UCLA and to Europe. Everywhere she has gone, audiences have embraced her message of shared humanity.

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about the AUTHOR

FFiroozeh-Dumas-3-(CREDIT-Francois-Dumas)-(2).JPGiroozeh Dumas was born in Abadan, Iran and, in the 1970s, moved to Southern California with her family. She later attended UC Berkeley where she met and married a Frenchman.


Funny-in-Farsi.jpgFiroozeh grew up listening to her father, a former Fulbright Scholar, recount the many colorful stories of his life in both Iran and America. In 2001, with no prior writing experience, Firoozeh decided to write her stories as a gift for her children.

Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America and Laughing Without an Accent was on the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, and New York Times bestseller lists. Dumas was also a finalist for the prestigious Thurber Prize for American Humor. She is the first Middle Eastern woman to be considered for this honor.

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Californians: Community Conversations about Immigration is a program of the California Center for the Book, under the auspices of the California Library Association, and is supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the State Librarian.

This program is also brought to you with the support of the Persian Language Advisory Committee and the Friends of the Sacramento Public Library. ​

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