September 5, 2008

AMHERST, Mass. — Author Porochista Khakpour will read from her work at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at Amherst Books (8 Main Street). Sponsored by the Amherst College Creative Writing Center, the event is open to the public at no charge.

In her novel Sons and Other Flammable Objects, Khakpour explores ethnicity, nationalism and post-9/11 fear—themes she addresses with what the New Yorker calls “the exuberant originality of her style. The characters burst from the page in fiery exchanges, while their chaotic inner lives are conveyed with witty precision.” Similarly, The New York Times Book Review praises the book’s “punchy conversation, vivid detail, [and] sharp humor.”

Born in Tehran and raised in Los Angeles, Khakpour lives in New York and teaches fiction at Bucknell University.

Every year, the Amherst College Creative Writing Center sponsors a reading series featuring both emerging and established authors. All events are wheelchair accessible and followed by refreshments. For more information, please call 413/542-8200.