With OLLI faculty writers:
Anita Amirrezvani was born in Tehran and raised in San Francisco. She has written two novels, The Blood of Flowers and Equal of the Sun. Amirrezvani co-edited the anthology Tremors: New Fiction by Iranian-American Writers. She teaches at the California College of the Arts. anitaamirrezvani.com
Afghan-American author Tamim Ansary wrote West of Kabul, East of New York, San Francisco’s “One City One Book” selection for 2008. His bestselling Destiny Disrupted, A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes has been translated into 10 languages. His memoir, Road Trips, Becoming an American in the Vapor Trail of the Sixties, is about dropping out of a society he wasn’t a part of. Ansary lives in San Francisco, where he where he is currently working on a book called Ripple Effects, How We Got to Be So Interconnected and Why We’re Still Fighting. mirtamimansary.com
Louise Nayer’s most recent book is Poised for Retirement: Moving from Anxiety to Zen. Burned: A Memoir (2010 and republished 2016) was an Oprah Great Read and won the Wisconsin Library Association Award. She has also written two books of poetry and co-authored How to Bury a Goldfish: 113 Rituals for Everyday Life with Virginia Lang. She retired from teaching after 27 years at City College of San Francisco and now teaches at OLLI @Berkeley and at the San Francisco Writers' Grotto where she has been a member for five years. www.louisenayer.com
Aimee Phan grew up in Orange County, California. She received her MFA from the University of Iowa, where she won a Maytag Fellowship. Her first book, We Should Never Meet, was named a Notable Book by the Kiryama Prize in fiction and a finalist for the 2005 Asian American Literary Awards. Her second novel, The Reeducation of Cherry Truong, was published in 2012. She has received fellowships and residencies from the NEA, the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center, Djerassi Arts Colony, Headlands Center for the Arts, MacDowell Arts Colony and Hedgebrook. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle, and Salon, among others. She teaches at the California College of the Arts. aimeephan.com
Jake Warner is the author of the new novel Coming of Age in Berkeley, much of which is set on the Cal Berkeley campus. He is also the author of the popular mystery thriller Murder on the Air (with Ihara). In addition, Warner is the co-founder, and longtime publisher (now retired) of Nolo, America’s leading source of consumer law information. His many law titles and software packages have sold over 2 million copies. In its Centennial Edition, California Magazine included Warner on its list of 100 Alumni Luminaries.
Admission is $10 for the general public. Free for OLLI members and UC Berkeley students, faculty and staff.
Note: this event was originally scheduled for October 10.