The library is proud to present young adult author Zahra Omar Shansab and children’s author Bahram Rahman as they discuss their books, stories, and experiences of immigration. Zahra’s Lightchaser tells the story of war, patriarchy, and the uncertainties of refugee life for a teenage Afghan girl who copes with her fears by reading her only book with its last pages missing, and imagining all the various endings.
In Bahram’s children's book, Sky Blue Bench, Afghan school girl Aria's first day back at school since her accident reminds us that while war impacts the most basic needs of children in Afghanistan, resilience, resolve, a sense of community, and gender equality can offer a path to a brighter future.
Streaming live on the library's YouTube channel.
Those attending the virtual program will have an opportunity to win a free book.
Thank you to the Library Foundation of Los Angeles with generous support from the Lenore S. and Bernard A. Greenberg Fund.
This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a partner of the National Endowment of the Humanities.