Real Lit[erature] Book Club Spring 2019: Darius the Great is not Okay
Are you interested in joining a real conversation about contemporary societal issues?

Come join The Center for Equity and Inclusion and the UW Tacoma Library in meeting to discuss Adib Khorram's book, Darius the Great is Not Okay. The book addresses mental illness (clinical depression) and its stigma, the immigrant experience, family, finding acceptance, and more. It has won several awards already!

"Darius doesn’t think he’ll ever be enough, in America or in Iran. Darius Kellner speaks better Klingon than Farsi, and he knows more about Hobbit social cues than Persian ones. He's a Fractional Persian—half, his mom's side—and his first-ever trip to Iran is about to change his life.

Darius has never really fit in at home in Portland, and he just knows things are going to be the same in Iran. His clinical depression doesn't exactly help matters, and trying to explain his medication to his grandparents only makes things harder. Then Darius meets Sohrab, the boy next door, and everything changes. Sohrab introduces Darius to all of his favorite things—mint syrup and the soccer field and a secret rooftop overlooking the city's skyline. He gets Darius an Iranian National Football Team jersey that makes him feel like a True Persian for the first time. And he understands that sometimes, friends don't have to talk. Sohrab calls him Darioush--the original Persian version of his name—and Darius has never felt more like himself than he does now that he's Darioush to Sohrab."

FREE BOOKS to students on a first come, first serve basis. Students, faculty, and staff all are welcome.

Please note: spaces are limited. Contact jmjk@uw.edu or alainac@uw.edu or mailon@uw.edu if you have questions.

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