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Bustle, May 2014

News, May 1st, 2014

May 2014’s Best Books:Seven Must-Reads You’ll Want to Get Your Hands On:

“With the power of dark humor and fairytale whimsy, Porochista Khakpour propels us through the mystical depths of rural Iran to the urban epicenter of New York City in her latest novel The Last Illusion. Khakpour combines the beauty of ancient Iranian myth with the tragedy of contemporary American life to create an inventive world where an arrogant illusionist running out of tricks and a young girl in search of religion meet a feral boy, formerly raised as a bird, who wants nothing more than to fly. It’s a darkly glittering story that draws you in from its very first pages and mesmerizes you until the last.”

Flavorwire, May 2014

News, Press, April 30th, 2014

“May 2014 Must-Read Books”

One of the books Flavorwire has been looking forward to all year,  Khakpour’s latest is a stunning, darkly humorous, and at more than a few points totally heartbreaking novel abut an Iranian boy who thinks he’s a bird after years of torture. We invite you to read it — and help us figure out how one writer can take such a subject and spin it into something you just want to wrap yourself in. An absolute stunner. “



SCENE Magazine, May 2014

News, April 28th, 2014


Marie Claire, May 2014

News, April 25th, 2014

The Last Illusion appears in Marie Claire’s May 2014 issue


Details, May 2014

News, April 25th, 2014

The Last Illusion appears in the DETAILS “summer reading” feature, May 2014

Elle, May 2014

News, April 16th, 2014


Long feature in Elle’s May 2014 issue on The Blonde & the how’s and why’s of my recent blonde hair experiment. Meditations on iconic blondes, the women in my family, and even TLI’s white-haired protagonist Zal Hendricks.


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Vogue, April 2014

News, March 25th, 2014

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TLI is featured in the April 2014 Vogue’s People Are Talking About books section  [“Once Upon a Time: This Spring, Novelists Reinvent the Fairy Tale”]

Foreign Sales News

News, March 4th, 2014

BLOOMSBURY UK has bought THE LAST ILLUSION to publish in their English speaking territories all over the world. It will be out in hardcover in the UK & British Commonwealth next December (the e-book will be out this May with US launch).



Romania’s POLIROM has also purchased THE LAST ILLUSION, date TBA.

Most Anticipated of 2014

News, Press, March 4th, 2014

The Last Illusion makes it to Flavorwire’s 15 “Most Anticipated Books of 2014”,  The Millions “Most Anticipated” in their “The Great 2014 Book Preview“, and the Huffington Post’s “30 Books You NEED to Read in 2014.”

Recent Recognition

News, February 13th, 2014

2012 NEA Award

Porochista Khakpour has been awarded a 2012 National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) Literature fellowship in Creative Writing (Prose).

Carnegie Corporation Celebrates “Immigrants: The Pride of America”

Photo of the Carnegie Corporation's "Immigrants: The Pride of America" posterPorochista Khakpour is featured among 45 international public figures celebrated as “Americans by Choice” by the Carnegie Corporation of New York (full-page public service announcement in the Fourth of July edition of the New York Times.)

New York Times 9/11 Op Ed Moment video

Screenshot of NY Op-Ed 9/11 article, featuring Porochista Khakpour

Porochista Khakpour is featured alongside three other NYT 9/11 Op Ed writers (Tom Brokaw, Joseph S. Nye, and Daniel Libeskind), reflecting on the making of her 2010 NYT Op Ed.