The action in the novel moves between Butte, Montana, hometown of motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel, and Cairo Egypt. It’s a heartwarming, witty story of immigration and belonging, false starts and new beginnings, and finding out what home truly means.
“A funny, heart-warming, compulsively readable novel about the unbreakable bonds of family — and baklava.” —Garth Stein, New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain
“Brilliantly imagined. Artfully written. Superbly entertaining.” – Kirkus Review
Pauls Toutonghi was born in 1976 to an Egyptian father and a Latvian mother. His writing has appeared in Granta, GlimmerTrain, Zoetrope, The New York Times, The Boston Review, Sports Illustrated, Book Magazine, and numerous other periodicals. He received a Pushcart Prize for his short story, Regeneration, which appeared in The Boston Review in 2000, when Toutonghi was twenty-three.
His first novel, Red Weather, published in 2006, was translated into Latvian and German, and received strong reviews in The New York Times, The Seattle Times, The Oregonian, The Chicago Tribune, and The San Francisco Chronicle, among others.
After receiving his PhD in English Literature from Cornell University, Toutonghi moved to Portland, Oregon where he teaches at Lewis & Clark College.
Following Pauls Toutonghi’s reading and Q&A, we’ll have our popular Open Mic where up to nine local writers will read 5 minutes of their original work.
On Saturday during the day, Toutonghi will teach a writing workshop on Dialog from 1pm to 3pm for $25.
The events are programs of the Hoffman Center and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Avenue.) (Further information is available at hoffmanblog.org <http://hoffmanblog.org> online or contact Vera Wildauer, email@example.com
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