Abdi Nazemian + David Ebershoff
Monday August 28: 7:00PM – 8:00PM
High-schooler Daria Esfandyar is proud of her Iranian-American heritage, unlike those in the "Nose-jobs", the clique run by her former best friend. Daria and her friends refer to themselves "the Authentics", because they pride themselves on always keeping it real.
However, while she is researching for a school project, Daria learns a shocking truth about her past, which propels her into mission of self-discovery. When everyone you know is keeping secrets, even your family, it gets harder and harder to know who you even are anymore.
With social tension amidst the Authentics, her mother facilitating a extravagant sweet sixteen party, and a completely off limits romance in the making, Daria is having a hard time dealing with this identity crisis. When her grip on the steering wheel of her life is loosened—can she manage to steer it where she needs to go to stay true to herself?
Abdi will be joined in conversation by award-winning author David Ebershoff!
Come join us in the rare book room to celebrate the release of The Authentics.
Abdi Nazemian is an Iranian-American author, screenwriter, and producer whose debut novel The Walk-In Closet won the Lambda Literary Award for Debut Fiction at the 27th Lambda Literary Awards in 2015. His debut young adult novel, The Authentics, will be released on August 8, 2017 by Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins.
David Ebershoff is an American writer, editor, and teacher. His debut novel, The Danish Girl, was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film of the same name in 2015, while his third novel, The 19th Wife, was adapted into a television movie of the same name in 2010.
Buy a copy of The Authentics or a $15 gift card in-store at the Strand's main floor registers or at the door to attend. This event will take place in the Rare Book Room on the Strand's 3rd floor, accessible via the store elevator or at 826 Broadway.