When: Fri., July 19, 7 p.m. 2013
Located in the northwest of Iran’s capital, Evin Prison gained notoriety after the country’s revolution in 1979 for secretly housing (and often murdering) those who were considered political and intellectual opponents of the new regime. It was there that Sahar Delijani was born, in 1983, as the child of two jailed dissidents. Thirteen years later, Delijani and her parents fled to Northern California; six years after that, Delijani started studying comparative literature at UC Berkeley. Now, she’s publishing her first novel, Children of the Jacaranda Tree, which starts, appropriately enough, with a baby born in the infamous political prison. Join Delijani at A Great Good Place for Books (6120 LaSalle Ave., Oakland) as she reads from the book, which threads together the stories of three families living in a post-revolutionary country that’s coming to terms with its repressive new democracy.