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Nahid Rachlin went to Columbia University Writing Program on a Doubleday-Columbia Fellowship and then went on to Stanford University MFA program on a Stegner Fellowship. Her publications include a memoir, PERSIAN GIRLS (Penguin), four novels, JUMPING OVER FIRE (City Lights), FOREIGNER (W.W. Norton), MARRIED TO A STRANGER (E.P.Dutton-Penguin), THE HEART'S DESIRE (City Lights), and a collection of short stories, VEILS (City Lights). CROWD OF SORROWS, (Kindle Singles). She published a short story collection, A Way Home in November 2018.

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Author interview- about my writing, my inspiration to become a writer

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http://schatkinshow.com/2020/01/podca... Nahid Rachlin went to Columbia University Writing Program on a Doubleday-Columbia Fellowship and then went on to Stanford University writing program on a Wallace Stegner Fellowship.
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“When it is dark enough, you can see the stars"
An ancient Persian proverb”
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“أحيانًا أشعر بالتفاؤل ، وفي أحيان أخرى أشعر أنني واقفة خلف باب زجاجي سميك ، أطرق و أطرق ولا أحد يفتح”
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“. . . Don't live in the world as if you were renting or here only for the summer, but act as if it was your father's house. . .Believe in seeds, earth, and the sea, but people above all. Love clouds, machines, and books, but people above all." Nazim Hikmet, 20th century Turkish poet”
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An ancient Persian proverb”
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“. . . Don't live in the world as if you were renting or here only for the summer, but act as if it was your father's house. . .Believe in seeds, earth, and the sea, but people above all. Love clouds, machines, and books, but people above all." Nazim Hikmet, 20th century Turkish poet”
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message 60: by Nahid

Nahid Rachlin Thank you Majenta


message 59: by Majenta

Majenta Hello, Nahid! Have a good day, and I hope you're having a good week. Blessings!


message 58: by Jacob

Jacob Overmark Welcome Nahid, feel at home in my library :-)


message 57: by Luís

Luís C. Thanks, Nahid.


message 56: by Tracey

Tracey (Life and Literature) Thanks so much for the friend invite Nahid!


message 55: by Majenta

Majenta Happy Wednesday, Nahid! Thank you again for asking me to read PERSIAN GIRLS. I was wondering what made you think of asking me? Because I'm very glad you did. Have a good day and week. Blessings!
Best wishes from Majenta


message 54: by Majenta

Majenta Hello again, Nahid! I am still reading PERSIAN GIRLS. How have you been? Happy December! Happy reading, writing, and everything else. Have a great weekend and week ahead. Blessings!

Best wishes from Majenta


message 53: by Nahid

Nahid Rachlin Rakhi wrote: "Thanks for the friend invite, Nahid. Great to see that you are a writer. I will be digging into your books :)"


message 52: by Jasmine

Jasmine Thank you for your friend invite, Nahid.


message 51: by Praj

Praj Thank you for the invite :) Here's too many book discussion !


message 50: by Rakhi

Rakhi Dalal Thanks for the friend invite, Nahid. Great to see that you are a writer. I will be digging into your books :)


message 49: by Nahid

Nahid Rachlin Jesse wrote: "Thanks for adding me to your friends list, Nahid. Hope you have a good and blessed year. jesse"

thanks!


message 48: by Nahid

Nahid Rachlin Seemita wrote: "Thanks for the friend invite, Nahid. I look forward to chatting books with you."

Yes, nice being friends here.


message 47: by Seemita

Seemita Thanks for the friend invite, Nahid. I look forward to chatting books with you.


message 46: by Thomas

Thomas Thank you for your friend request, Nahid! Looking forward to sharing thoughts on books with you in the future.


message 45: by Karencita (last edited Apr 13, 2014 08:43AM)

Karencita Thank you for adding me back as your friend Nahid! I made the mistake of turning off platforms (I don't know WHY I did that!) and now I am starting all over again on Goodreads ~ I lost everything. :( HUGS.

And I am still living in Hartland, N.B. (I see me on your previous comments!) INTERESTING.


Karencita Nahid wrote: "Hello, thanks for your wonderful comment on PERSIAN GIRLS. It's so heart warming. Where do you live?"

Hartland, N.B., home of the world's longest covered bridge :)


Karencita Nahid wrote: "PS. I'm really sorry about the bugs... I hope your recovery is fast. I'm curious where this happened and where you live. Nahid"

I live in Canada, and the trip took me to Chiapas, Mexico (my 1st international flight, and my luggage was lost so I was without meds). *smile*


message 42: by Nahid

Nahid Rachlin Hello, thanks for your wonderful comment on PERSIAN GIRLS. It's so heart warming. Where do you live?


Karencita THANK YOU NAHID FOR ACCEPTING FRIENDSHIP WITH ME! I am housebound, permanently disabled from bug bites on a mission trip |(I would go again in a heartbeat!), and so to fill my aching hours, I love to read, especially biographies. I LOVED Persian Girls: A Memoir and you have inspired me so much to want to write my story; it takes real courage!


message 40: by Nahid

Nahid Rachlin Dear Christianna, Thank you so much for your wonderful comments. I'm really flattered. Good luck with your own writing. Nahid


message 39: by Christianna (last edited Aug 14, 2012 08:16PM)

Christianna Marie Dear Nahid, I have read all of your published works and they are truly beautiful and inspiring pieces. I am young and just starting out with my writing but you have really inspired me with your works. Thank you for bringing such artistic insight to my life.
-Christianna Marie.


message 38: by Christine (last edited Mar 04, 2012 05:27AM)

Christine Hatfield i'm glad that we're friends on this website and i'm not going to take your course sorry lol


message 37: by R

R salam nahid khanum, sale noye miladi mobarak! enshallah ke in saale 2012 yeh saal por az movafaqqiyet o shaady beshavad.


message 36: by Nahid

Nahid Rachlin Sorry I have been away and didn't see your nice note. Thanks so much for your interest in my books. Nahid


message 35: by Nahid

Nahid Rachlin Yzobelle wrote: "Dear Nahid, what an honor to be friends with an author of one of the books I've lined up. It will surely be the next book I'll get my hands into. I like my hardbound copy of Persian Girls. =)"


message 34: by Nahid

Nahid Rachlin Thanks Lubna, I hope you enjoy reading PERSIAN GIRLS. Nahid


message 33: by Nahid

Nahid Rachlin Lubna wrote: "Thanks Nahid For adding me to ur friends list ..
Im reading your story " Iranian Girls" .these days... nice one !"



message 32: by Jesse

Jesse Hanson Thanks for adding me to your friends list, Nahid. Hope you have a good and blessed year. jesse


Adrianna Hi Nahid,

Thanks for all the invites to events, but can you please not send me invites to places outside of California? I really cannot afford to travel to the out of state ones.

Thank you,

Adrianna


Mohammad Khan.ch. dear,


I came to your page.But your that book is not here!!!!!!!!!yours, khan.waiting!!!!!!!


Yzobelle Dear Nahid, what an honor to be friends with an author of one of the books I've lined up. It will surely be the next book I'll get my hands into. I like my hardbound copy of Persian Girls. =)


message 28: by Nazanin (last edited Oct 03, 2010 12:09PM)

Nazanin hi dear Nahid,
nice to be a friend of u here,yes i do still live in iran.Arak.wow,ur books and fans seem exiting :) unfortunatlly i haven't read them,books i mean,but i'll do it dear as soon as possible.
at the moment i'm writin a short story ,i do hope u will help me.i need some experts advise.


message 27: by Susie

Susie Saiter Hi Nahid--Good to be "freinds" on this site, as well as in real life--xoxoxo Susan Saiter


message 26: by Ivana

Ivana Hi Nahid,
It's nice to meet you. Your books sound wonderful, cheers Ivana


Mohammad Khan.ch. dear nahid,




thank you very much for your nice invite. your story is very much excellent and very good. I love your book,"The Persain Girls"".


Please send to me your email address so we can develope our friendship.


yours, khna.waiting!!!!!!!!!!!!mkminhas2003@yahoo.com


message 24: by Nahid

Nahid Rachlin Dear Jen, Thanks for your interest. I hope you will connect to the story of my life. All the best, Nahid


message 23: by Jen

Jen Knox good to meet you. i see you've written a memoir, and i have a soft spot in my heart for memoirs, so i hope to read it soon. best, jen


message 22: by Nahid

Nahid Rachlin Thanks. Nice to be friends. Nahid


message 21: by Rauf

Rauf Hey, Nahid. Thanks for the friend request :) Whoa you've written a lot of books and you got quite a few fans. There wouldn't happen to be a contest where I could win them all would it?


message 20: by Nahid

Nahid Rachlin Dear Alta, that conference in India didn't take place, for various budget problems. They might be rescheduling it but that's up in the air right now. Thanks for your interest. All the best, Nahid


message 19: by Alta

Alta Hi Nahid,

I recently discovered your name among the list of invited authors at a Conference in India (which, actually, is taking place right now). I mention this because the conf. organizer was also the organizer for a retreat/conference I went to a year ago in France (and some of the invited people are the same). I would have liked to go to India but I discovered it to late--I am curious to get some more details after you get back. My personal email is altaifland@yahoo.com.
Thanks, Alta



message 18: by Othello

Othello Hi Nahid. Thanks for requesting the friendship!
Othello


message 17: by Nahid

Nahid Rachlin Happy to be friends! Nahid Rachlin


Michelle Yoon Hi Nahid, thanks for the friend invitation. I wasn't expecting a real-life author to add me as a friend, so this is a very pleasant surprise!

Wishing you all the best!


message 15: by Annie

Annie Hartman thank you for the add!


message 14: by Nahid

Nahid Rachlin Dear Simon, Thanks for your interest in my memoir. I would love to get your feedback on it.

I usually don't read mysteries, but I like the idea of identity and so I'll read your work.

What happened to the Persian friends? Did they return to Iran?


message 13: by Simon

Simon Cleveland, PhD Hi Nahid,

Glad to be your friend.


message 12: by Jeanne

Jeanne Thank you for the friend invitation. It gave me the opportunity to discover your writings. I would especially love to read your memoir, 'Persian Girls'.
In the late seventies, my college-student daughter befriended a group of Persian girls who were students here also. The young women spent a lot of time with our family which was enriching for all of us.
Jeanne


message 11: by Andrea

Andrea Kulman Hi & thank you for being a friend.


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