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Virtual Event - Adib Khorram, DARIUS THE GREAT DESERVES BETTER, in conversation with Laurie Halse Anderson

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 7:00pm


East City Bookshop welcomes Adib Khorram with his new novel Darius the Great Deserves Better in conversation with Laurie Halse Anderson.

Tickets are available via Eventbrite here. Registration is required.

About Darius the Great Deserves Better

Darius Kellner is having a bit of a year. Since his trip to Iran, a lot has changed. He's getting along with his dad, and his best friend Sohrab is only a Skype call away. Between his first boyfriend, Landon, varsity soccer practices, and an internship at his favorite tea shop, things are falling into place. Then, of course, everything changes. Darius's grandmothers are in town for a long visit, and Darius can't tell whether they even like him. The internship is not going according to plan, Sohrab isn't answering Darius's calls, and Dad is far away on business. And Darius is sure he really likes Landon… but he's also been hanging out with Chip Cusumano, former bully and current soccer teammate—and well, maybe he's not so sure about anything after all. Darius was just starting to feel okay, like he finally knew what it meant to be Darius Kellner. But maybe okay isn't good enough. Maybe Darius deserves better.

About Adib Khorram

Adib Khorram lives in Kansas City, Missouri. His debut novel Darius the Great Is Not Okay received the William C. Morris Award and APALA Young Adult Literature Award. The novel was also named a Best Book of 2018 by TIME, Buzzfeed, The Wall Street Journal, and The Boston Globe, among others. When he isn't writing (or at his day job as a graphic designer), you can probably find him trying to get his hundred-yard freestyle under a minute, learning to do a Lutz jump, or steeping a cup of oolong. Darius the Great Deserves Better is his second novel.

About Laurie Halse Anderson

Laurie Halse Anderson is a New York Times bestselling author whose writing spans young readers, teens, and adults. Combined, her books have sold more than 8 million copies. Her new book, SHOUT, a memoir-in-verse about surviving sexual assault at the age of thirteen and a manifesta for the #MeToo era, has received widespread critical acclaim and is Laurie's eighth New York Times bestselling book.

Two of her novels, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists, and Chains was short-listed for the prestigious Carnegie medal in the United Kingdom. Laurie has been nominated for Sweden's Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award three times. Laurie was selected by the American Library Association for the Margaret A. Edwards Award and has been honored for her battles for intellectual freedom by the National Coalition Against Censorship and the National Council of Teachers of English.

In addition to combating censorship, Laurie regularly speaks about the need for diversity in publishing and is a member of RAINN’s National Leadership Council. She lives in Philadelphia, where she enjoys cheesesteaks while she writes. Find out more about Laurie by following her on Twitter at @halseanderson, Instagram at halseanderson, and Facebook at lauriehalseanderson, or by visiting her website,

Darius the Great Deserves Better Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593108239
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dial Books - August 25th, 2020

Darius the Great Is Not Okay Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525552970
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - August 20th, 2019

Speak 20th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250302359
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Square Fish - January 15th, 2019

SHOUT Cover Image
ISBN: 9780142422205
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - March 10th, 2020