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Mission Valley Library: Book presentation + Music (Jun 11 2PM)

June 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Join us for an afternoon of poetry, music, and fantastical storytelling. Award-winning author, Honarvar, weaves a tale of survival, immigration, and redemption, A GIRL CALLED RUMI is about an Iranian American’s journey to find the only person who can help her unravel the secrets of the night that shattered her life: a childhood storyteller who introduced her to the mythical Seven Valleys of Love. Besides storytelling, Ari will share a sample of resilience-building exercises from her dance sessions with refugees, recite a Rumi poem in Farsi and English, and local musician Carlos Velasco will join her on guitar and vocals.

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About the Author: Ari Honarvar is an award-winning writer, visual artist, and speaker. As a journalist, she is curious about many topics, including social justice, parenting, and mental health. She is the founder of Rumi with a View, dedicated to building music and poetry bridges across war-torn and conflict-ridden borders. As a Musical Ambassador of Peace, she dances with refugees and volunteers on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border while serving on the board of Gente Unida, a San Diego-based nonprofit focusing on the wellbeing of migrant children. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, Washington Post, New York Times, and elsewhere. She is the author of “Rumi’s Gift Oracle Cards” (2018) and “A Girl Called Rumi” (2021).

About Carlos Velasco: Carlos Velasco is an accomplished musician and composer from Mexico City. The son of a mariachi, Carlos has been surrounded by music since childhood. His main instruments are simply guitar and voice, but he also plays the piano, bass, flute, and violin. Having trained at the Conservatorio Nacional de Musica, Carlos is well versed in many styles of music, with his core being Latin Jazz. Besides his native Spanish, Carlos sings in eight different languages, including French, Italian, English, Polish, & Portuguese.