Davar Ardalan’s tumultuous journey through two failed marriages, the birth of four children, and decades spent fighting her own demons began the day her father walked out when she was 11, leaving behind a world that imploded. Eight years later, in 1984, Ardalan—who is now a senior producer for National Public Radio—left the United States for Iran, donned a chador and entered into an ar ranged marriage under Ayatollah Khomeini’s misogynistic regime.
My Name is Iran, is a new book by Davar Ardalan. A producer at NPR and a woman who has both worked and lived in Iran, Davar tells the story of her life in this wonderful memoir. A well-researched and historic account of her family’s struggle, the book traces back Davar’s roots over three generation of powerful, intelligent and inspiring characters.
This was a live radio interview on KIRN670AM radio Los Angeles on Saturday February 3, 2007. Ms. Sarshar asked me about the inspiration behind the book as well as my experiences in Iran after the Islamic Revolution. It was a great honor to speak to Ms. Sarshar. She is a noted author, journalist and broadcaster. My interview is not available via the internet but I wanted to share with you more about Homa Sarshar herself.
My cousin, Jahanshah Javid is the editor of the popular Iranian on-line newsmagazine Iranian.com. Here is his photo essay of a wonderful event at the Medallion Rug Gallery in Palo Alto, CA on January 17, 2007.
An interview in Farsi with Radio Farda (Farda means tomorrow in Farsi). mp3 to come next.
Radio Farda and RadioFarda.com is a joint project of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) and Voice of America (VOA). The 24-hour, seven-day-a-week service is produced in Washington, D.C. and Prague, Czech Republic, with audio transmissions to listeners online an via AM, shortwave and satellite.
Woman tells of her 2 lives in Iran and America
By LESLIE HUNT, Staff Writer
Another local author has appeared on the booklist; this time, however, the book isn’t about our local wildlife or the Chesapeake Bay. It is one woman’s tale about living the American dream and about her youth as a Muslim in Iran. The author is Davar Ardalan, producer for “Morning Edition” on National Public Radio, and she is about to begin a national book tour promoting her recently released memoir, “My Name is Iran.”
In My Name is Iran Iranian-American NPR producer Davar Ardalan tells the story of three generations of women in her family who for decades cycled back and forth between Iran and the United States. Ardalan, the granddaughter of an adventurous nurse from Idaho who married an Iranian, was born in the US, raised partly in Iran, and married there at 18 in an arranged union. Ardalan took up journalism and later divorced and returned to the US. While largely a tale of a personal quest for identity, this memoir also offers a window into Iranian life and culture.
Extensive coverage of “My Name Is Iran” at USC’s Center for Public Diplomacy, including video of the event and an extra video interview.