On July 13 at 7:00 PM, join us as the Deerfield Public Library invites award-winning author Jacqueline Saper for a riveting virtual program, From Miniskirt to Hijab. Jacqueline will share her personal stories about how a comfortable childhood and adolescence ended at eighteen with the 1979 Iranian Revolution.
With the 1979 Iranian Revolution, the shah was ousted, Ayatollah Khomeini returned from exile, and Iran became an Islamic theocracy. Almost overnight, she went from wearing miniskirts to wearing the hijab by force. She continued to live in the Islamic Republic for eight more years, hiding in the basement as Iraqi bombs fell over the city during the Iran-Iraq war. Saper finally escaped Iran with her husband and two young children in 1987.
Her memoir, From Miniskirt to Hijab: A Girl in Revolutionary Iran, is a University of Nebraska Press – Potomac Books publication and debuted in October 2019. The book has received rave reviews both in the U.S. and internationally. From Miniskirt to Hijab is the winner of the Chicago Writers Association 2020 Book of the Year Award for traditional nonfiction. It is also a finalist for the 2020 Clara Johnson Award for Women’s Literature and a finalist for the 2021 Feathered Quill Book Awards. Foreword Reviews selected the memoir as the Diversity Book of the Week and Curated Chicago Magazine has recommended it as the “Must-Read Book of Fall 2020.” In addition, Indiana University Bloomington and Marymount University teach her book as part of their curriculum. Jacqueline is a frequent guest on television and radio shows, such as PBS Newshour and WLS 890 AM Talk Radio.
More information about Jacqueline is on her website: www.jacquelinesaper.com
We also will be discussing Jacqueline’s book, From Miniskirt to Hijab: A Girl in Revolutionary Iran, on July 8 during our Afternoon Book Discussion. Feel free to register for one or both programs, each held via Zoom.