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Debut of West Los Angeles Author’s Club with Author Gina B. Nahai

Tonight is the debut of the West Los Angeles Author’s Club and this literary event opens with Gina B. Nahai, a best-selling author, columnist, and professor of Creative Writing at USC.

This event is sponsored by the West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. “This is one of our new activities in the West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce where we are trying to appreciate, illustrate, and illuminate the intellectual, cultural and literary parts of our community” said Elham Yaghoubian, Director and Founder of the Author’s Club. Yaghoubian is very accomplished in her own right. She is also a board member of the Chamber as well as human rights activist, fashion designer and a noted author herself.

Photo of author Gina Nahai with her book cover
Photo of author Gina Nahai with her book cover

 

“It is a veritable delight to see the coming together of art and commerce, the acknowledgement of the symbiosis between capital and creativity which is the bedrock upon which this city was built and continues to thrive. Telling stories–in film, music, or books–and making s financial success of it is what we do in Los Angeles,” added Nahai.

Nahai’s novels have been translated into eighteen languages, and have been finalists for the Orange Award, the IMPAC Award, the Harold J. Ribalow Award, and the Jewish Book Council’s Fiction Award. She is the winner of the Los Angeles Arts Council Award, the Persian Heritage Foundation’s Award, The Simon Rockower Award, and the Phi Kappa Phi Award. Her pieces have appeared in numerous national and international publications, as well as in a number of literary and academic journals and anthologies. Nahai writer a monthly column for the Jewish Journal of

Elham Yaghoubian, founder and director of the author's club,  as well  human rights activist, fashion designer and a noted author herself. Photo courtesy of Abbas Hojatpanah
Elham Yaghoubian, founder and director of the author’s club, as well human rights activist, fashion designer and a noted author herself. Photo courtesy of Abbas Hojatpanah

Greater Los Angeles, and is a three-time finalist for an LA Press Club award. Nahai holds a BA and a Masters degree in International Relations from UCLA, and a Master of Professional Writing from USC.

Her latest novel, THE LUMINOUS HEART OF JONAH S., was a finalist for the Jewish Book Council’s fiction award in 2014.

More info at www.ginabnahai.com

 

 

Dustin Brown

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Ten Year Anniversary of the Westwood Library

The Westwood branch public library celebrated its 10-year anniversary on May 9th . They saluted a decade of learning, literacy, community and fun. There was a special appearance by Harry Potter and a musical performance for the award-winning Bruin Harmony, UCLA’s only all-male A Cappella ensemble. There was also a visit with LAFD firefighters from Westwood Village’s fire station 37, as wells as special presentations with Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz, Steve Sann,Chairman of Westwood Community Council, City Librarian John Szabo, President of the West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Roozbeh Farahanipour, Board member of the West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Elham Yaghoubian, and other dignitaries.

Roozbeh Farahanipour President of the West LA Chamber of Commerce, Board members of the Chamber Greg Martayan, Elham Yaghoubian, Farangis Siahpour and Steve Little Board member with Police Captain Tina M. Nieto, Commanding Officer West Los Angeles Area in the center. Photo courtesy of HPC
Roozbeh Farahanipour President of the West LA Chamber of Commerce, Board members of the Chamber Greg Martayan, Elham Yaghoubian, Farangis Siahpour and Steve Little Board member with Police Captain Tina M. Nieto, Commanding Officer West Los Angeles Area in the center. Photo courtesy of HPC
Bookish type...Harry Potter book cake by Cake and Art Bakery. Photo courtesy of HPC
Bookish type…Harry Potter book cake by Cake and Art Bakery. Photo courtesy of HPC
Tasty cupcakes from Delphi Greek's award-winning pastry chef Rana Pourarab. Photo courtesy of HPC
Tasty cupcakes from Delphi Greek’s award-winning pastry chef Rana Pourarab. Photo courtesy of HPC

There was also an amazing anniversary cake by Cake and Art Bakery decorated with classic books such as Hamlet, To Kill a Mockingbird, and the Shahnameh as a respectful nod to all the Iranian-Americans who visit the library. There were also tasty cupcakes courtesy of Farahanipour’s award-winning pastry chef Rana Pourarab, with each cupcake decorated with a fondant mini book. Never has reading been so tasty!

City Librarian addresses the audience. Photo courtesy of HPC
City Librarian John Szabo addresses the audience. Photo courtesy of HPC

There was also a concert by the UCLA Gluck Fellows Brass Septet Concert as well as one from soprano Susanna Lucarelli. Teens enjoyed custom airbrush tattoos and kids enjoyed magic tricks from Tony Daniels as well as Thor’s reptile family safari.

West LA Chamber of Commerce in full force! From left to right: Board members Elham Yaghoubian with President Roozbeh Farahanipour, LA City Councilman Paul Koretz and Board Member  Farangis Siahpour. Photo courtesy of HPC
West LA Chamber of Commerce in full force! From left to right: Board members Elham Yaghoubian with President Roozbeh Farahanipour, LA City Councilman Paul Koretz and Board Member Farangis Siahpour. Photo courtesy of HPC

“I’m so excited as Board Member of the Friends of Westwood Library to be celebrating this branch’s 10 year anniversary. We do have largest selection of Persian books in all of the Los Angeles area Public Libraries and excited to have the Shahnameh in our celebration cake as one of main books in our community. I hope this year we will see more participation from the thriving Iranian- American community,” said Farahanipour.

Mark Rogo, past president of the Friends of the Westwood library, Steve Sann, Chairman of Westwood Community council and board member at Friends of the Westwood Library, Shahla Chamanara Senior librarian, Westwood Branch manager and Janet Turner, Field Representative & Constituent Services Congressman Ted W. Lieu, CA 33. Photo courtesy of HPC.
Mark Rogo, past president of the Friends of the Westwood library, Steve Sann, Chairman of Westwood Community council and board member at Friends of the Westwood Library, Shahla Chamanara Senior librarian, Westwood Branch manager and Janet Turner, Field Representative & Constituent Services
Congressman Ted W. Lieu, CA 33. Photo courtesy of HPC.

“It’s an amazing feeling to be a part of this great celebration as a board member of the Chamber of Commerce and especially as an author, “ added Yaghoubian, who is also the director of networking and outreach for the Authors of the Westwood Library Committee.

 

 

Vida G.

Vida G.

Vida is an actress and journalist who lives in Los Angeles, California. She is the co-founder of the Hollywood Press Corps.

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