Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, CLSC Author, Call Me Zebra

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Location Hall of Philosophy

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Zebra is the last in a line of anarchists, atheists, and autodidacts. When war came, her family didn’t fight; they took refuge in books. Now alone and in exile, Zebra leaves New York for Barcelona, retracing the journey she and her father made from Iran to the United States years ago.

Books are Zebra’s only companions — until she meets Ludo. Their connection is magnetic; their time together fraught. An adventure tale, a love story, and a paean to the power of language and literature starring a heroine as quirky as Don Quixote, as introspective as Virginia Woolf, as whip-smart as Miranda July, and as spirited as Frances Ha, Call Me Zebra will establish Van der Vliet Oloomi as an author “on the verge of developing a whole new literature movement” (Bustle).

Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi is the author of Fra Keeler and Call Me Zebra. She is the winner of a 2015 Whiting Writers’ Award, a National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” honoree, and the recipient of a MacDowell Fellowship and a Fulbright Fellowship in Fiction. Her work has appeared in The Paris Review, GRANTA, and Guernica, among others. She currently teaches in the M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing at the University of Notre Dame.