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Upcoming Appearances:

News, March 6th, 2015

3/25 7pm, McNallyJackson NYC  Smith Henderson in conversation with Porochista Khakpour

4/4 TBA  Mission Creek Festival in Iowa City

4/11 AWP Conference in Minneapolis (panel on memoir with Marie Mockett, Joanna Smith Rakoff, Porochista Khakpour, Ellis Avery, Alysia Abott)

4/18 Spring Writer’s Conference at the William Paterson University of New Jersey (keynote plus workshop)

4/19 Los Angeles Times Book Festival (panel)

4/29 7pm McNallyJackson NYC  It’s The End of the World As We Know It: A Dystopian Fiction Panel (Porochista Khakpour, Emily St. John Mandel, Lincoln Michel, Shya Scanlon, Carola Dibbell–moderated by Jason Diamond and Rahawa Haile)

4/30, 6:30 Kingston, NY  Word Cafe  reading

5/5 NYC  2015 PEN Literary Gala

5/14 7pm NJ Montclair Art Museum “In the Wake of ‘Identity Politics'” panel held in conjunction with the exhibition Come as You Are: Art of the 1990s (Moderated by Huey Copeland, Associate Professor of the History of Art, Northwestern University; panelists include Rujeko Hockley, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum; Porochista Khakpour, writer; Simone Leigh, artist; and Soyoung Yoon, Assistant Professor of Art History and Program Director of Visual Studies, Department of the Arts, Eugene Lang College, The New School. )


The Offing

News, March 6th, 2015

Khakpour is a Contributing Editor at the newly launched, a channel of the Los Angeles Review of Books. (The Offing publishes work that challenges, experiments, provokes — work that pushes literary and artistic forms and conventions, but understands that to do so requires a rigorous understanding of those forms and conventions.)

Third Book Coming Soon

News, March 6th, 2015

Edited by Calvert Morgan at HarperPerennial, SICK is a memoir of chronic illness, misdiagnosis, addiction, and the myth of full recovery, chronicling the long, arduous discovery of Khakpour’s late-stage Lyme Disease. Out in 2017.


Australian Book Tour

News, February 21st, 2015

Bloomsbury UK via Bloomsbury Sydney has sent Porochista to Perth and Adelaide Book Festivals (Feb 18-March 3)

Perth schedule

Adelaide schedule

Lannan Reading Series conversation with Karen Russell

News, January 12th, 2015
Wednesday 28 January 2015
7:00 pm
Where: Lensic Performing Arts Center
211 West San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501

End of Year Lists!

News, December 6th, 2014

The Last Illusion was a Kirkus Best Book of 2014, a Buzzfeed Best Fiction Book of 2014, an NPR Best Book of 2014, one of Buzzfeed’s 28 Best Books By Women in 2014, an Electric Literature Best Book of 2014, a Volume1 Brooklyn Favorite Book of 2014a PopMatters Best Book of 2014, one of Refinery29’s Books to Read in 2015, and one of Largehearted Boy’s 11 Favorite Novels of 2014.

(In addition to earlier press: one of Flavorwire’s 15 “Most Anticipated Books of 2014″,  The Millions “Most Anticipated” in their “The Great 2014 Book Preview“, Flavorwire’s “50 Excellent Fabulist Novels Everyone Should Read,” and the Huffington Post’s “30 Books You NEED to Read in 2014.”)

Khakpour was also one of Dazed’s  “Top 10 American Writers You Need to Read This Year,” a Buzzfeed Community/OpenRoadMedia “10 Amazing Female Novelists Under 50,” and one of Entropy’s “2014 Literary Advocates.”

Khakpour’s own favorite 2014 books can be found on The Millions and Salon.

September 2014 events

News, September 7th, 2014

9/7 4:15, Slice Magazine Literary Writers’ Conference, “Literary Quirks” panel with Justin Taylor, Kseniya Melnik, Robin Black

9/13 6pm: Center for Fiction’s LitCrawl Event with Mitchell Jackson, Gabriel Roth, and Elissa Schappell

9/16 4:30: Fall for the Book Festival reading, George Mason University, VA

9/17 7:00pm: Mixer Reading Series at CakeShop NYC with Lev Grossman, Dia Felix, Tobias Caroll

9/18 7:00pm, Concordia College, NY reading for the Books+Coffee series

9/19 6:00pm: Princeton University Lewis Center for the Arts reading series, Labyrinth Books

9/21 3:00pm : Brooklyn Book Festival, Borough Hall Media Room, “Subverting Expectations,” with Mario Bellatin and Dorthe Nors and moderated by Rob Spillman

Dazed, July 21 2014

News, July 22nd, 2014

“The Top 10 American Writers You Need to Read This Year”:

Born in Tehran and raised in California, Khakpour has contributed essays and journalism to publications both “mainstream” and independent, but it’s her dark, funny, piercing novels, Sons and Other Flammable Objects (2007) and this year’s The Last Illusion, which draws on a mix of contemporary history, Iranian myth, and psychology, that make her work feel so new and important.”

Flavorwire, July 16 2014

News, July 17th, 2014

“50 Excellent Fabulist Books Everyone Should Read”

Adult Magazine, July 16 2014

News, July 17th, 2014

Morning After,” feature interview