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Monir Farmanfarmaian’s memoir A Mirror Garden surrounded by electric candle lights in a gallery space.

Event Details

February 23, 2023
7:00 pm –8:00 pm


Members: $15
Not-Yet-Members: $25
Preregistration Required


High Museum of Art
Anne Cox Chambers Wing

Event Description

Join us for an intimate, candlelit reading alongside works of art. Zara Houshmand, the co-author of artist Monir Farmanfarmaian’s memoir A Mirror Garden, will read excerpts from the book. Houshmand will also share about collaborating with the artist and their overlapping experiences and memories as young women in Iran. Surrounded by candlelight in the exhibition gallery, this evening will provide a truly captivating experience!

About Zara Houshmand

Zara Houshmand is an Iranian American writer whose work bridges cultural divides and includes poetry, theater, memoir, and literary translation. She was a pioneer in the use of virtual reality as an art form, and her installation, Beyond Manzanar (with Tamiko Thiel), has been exhibited worldwide. Her early work in theater led to award-winning translations of Bijan Mofid’s plays, and her own plays have been produced in Los Angeles and San Francisco. She worked with the Mind & Life Institute for two decades on books representing the Dalai Lama’s dialogues with Western scientists. Her collaborative writing includes A Mirror Garden, coauthored with Monir Farmanfarmaian (Knopf, 2007), and Running Toward Mystery: The Adventure of an Unconventional Life, with the Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi (Random House, 2020). Her most recent book, Moon and Sun (2020), is a bilingual Persian and English edition of her translations of Rumi’s Rubaiyat.