Skype with the author: Adib Khorram, author of Darius the Great is Not Okay

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The UW Tacoma Library and the Center for Equity and Inclusion are delighted to announce that we are bringing another Real Lit[erature] Author Talk to our campus! Last quarter we skyped with  Dashka Slater, author of The 57 Bus. In the autumn we skyped with Angie Thomas.

This quarter, all are welcome for a one hour Q&A with Adib Khorram, author of Darius the Great is Not Okay.

Date: Wednesday, 5/23/19

Time: 12:30-1:300

Location: SNO 136

Please join us!  Our conversations this quarter have covered issues of clinical depression, family and personal identity, elder care, acceptance, and more. Our conversation with Adib Khorram promises to be meaningful and relevant as we grapple with issues surrounding social justice and destigmatizing mental health.

The book has been recognized for its beauty and ability to address the topic of depression with kindness and insight. It is the YALSA William C. Morris Award Finalist, the APALA Asian/Pacific American Literature Award Winner, one of the Time Best Books of 2018 and more!

“Darius Kellner speaks better Klingon than Farsi, and he knows more about Hobbit social cues than Persian ones. He’s a Fractional Persian—half, his mom’s side—and his first-ever trip to Iran is about to change his life.  Darius has never really fit in at home in Portland, and he just knows things are going to be the same in Iran. His clinical depression doesn’t exactly help matters, and trying to explain his medication to his grandparents only makes things harder. Then Darius meets Sohrab, the boy next door, and everything changes. Sohrab introduces Darius to all of his favorite things—mint syrup and the soccer field and a secret rooftop overlooking the city’s skyline. He gets Darius an Iranian National Football Team jersey that makes him feel like a True Persian for the first time. And he understands that sometimes, friends don’t have to talk. Sohrab calls him Darioush–the original Persian version of his name—and Darius has never felt more like himself than he does now that he’s Darioush to Sohrab.”

To request disability accommodation, including American Sign Language interpretation, contact the Disability Resources for Students office at 253-692-4508, or submit a request at  

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