Stuart girls of all ages were entertained and inspired by this year's Lies, Light, McCarthy Visiting Author Firoozeh Dumas, Iranian-American memoirist and novelist. Ms. Dumas spoke before all grades, telling stories infused with the same natural humor that is found in her bestselling memoirs. Senior Scholars enjoyed a private lunch with our special guest ahead of her public reading and book signing. After lunch, Ms. Dumas used narrative and humor as she spoke to a captivated audience of Upper School students, faculty, staff and visitors from the public. We're so proud and grateful to have hosted the delightful and creative Firoozeh Dumas! See photos from the day in the gallery.
About The Visiting Author Program
The Visiting Author Program brings world-renowned authors to Stuart to share their knowledge and experiences with our girls. This program was the dream of a beloved Stuart English teacher, Mrs.Vickie McCarthy. The program was established in her memory and also honors past English department chairs Betty Lies and Nancy Light.
The Visiting Author Program gives Stuart girls amazing opportunities to dialogue with some of the most significant voices in contemporary literature—Paul Muldoon, Jonathan Safran Foer, Jhumpa Lahiri, Naomi Shihab Nye, Edwidge Danticat, Jane Hirshfield, Mark Salzman, Tracy K. Smith, Juan Felipe Herrera, and now, Firoozeh Dumas.
Each year about a dozen exemplary 12th grade students are selected to become Senior Scholars, students who are responsible for teaching younger students in the lower grades about the life and works of the visiting author.
About Firoozeh Dumas
Firoozeh Dumas was born in Abadan, Iran and, in the 197's, moved to Southern California with her family. She later attended UC Berkeley where she met and married a Frenchman.
Firoozeh grew up listening to her father, a former Fulbright Scholar, recount the many colorful stories of his life in both Iran and America. In 2001, with no prior writing experience, Firoozeh decided to write her stories as a gift for her two children. Funny in Farsi was on the San Francisco Chronicle,Los Angeles Times, and New York Times bestseller lists and was a finalist for the PEN/USA award in 2004 and a finalist in 2005 for an Audie Award for best audio book (she lost to Bob Dylan). She was also a finalist for the prestigious Thurber Prize for American Humor (she lost to Jon Stewart), and is the first Middle Eastern woman ever to be considered for this honor.
Critics and readers of all ages have loved her stories. Jimmy Carter called Funny in Farsi "a humorous and introspective chronicle of a life filled with love—of family, country and heritage."
Click here to learn more about Firoozeh Dumas and our Visiting Author Program.
Click here for photos from the day or view in the slideshow below.