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Tahereh Mafi with Ransom Riggs

June 1, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm PDT

We are thrilled to invite you to join us to celebrate the launch of Tahereh Mafi’s highly anticipated new novel An Emotion of Great Delight, a searing own-voices story about a Muslim teen’s struggle in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks. Shadi, along with her friends and the members of her Muslim community, are subjected to discrimination and other cruelties, while she struggles with tragedy within her own family.

We discovered the joys of Tahereh Mafi’s writing with the bestselling highly acclaimed Shatter Me series, that gained her a legion of fans. We followed her through the incredible Furthermore, and Whichwood, obsessed over the National Book Award-longlisted A Very Large Expanse of Sea, and couldn’t be more excited to hear Tahereh tell us more about Shadi and An Emotion of Great Delight.

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This is a story of a child of immigrants forging a blurry identity, discussing love and loneliness, about navigating the hyphen of dual identity, and reclaiming your right to joy—even when you’re trapped in the amber of sorrow.

Booklist, in a starred review, called it “A bluntly powerful read that shouldn’t be missed.”. and The New York Review of Books said, “Mafi seamlessly works in questions of identity, race and Islamophobia [and] taps into the fierceness and passion of first love.”

And who better to ask all the questions we want to know than Ransom Riggs, author of the amazing Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series, and Tahereh’s husband.


June 1, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm PDT
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