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Book Tour Blues

By Gina Nahai

July 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

Gina B. Nahai

"Never again," I swear every time I'm on book tour. I'll never do this again, I don't care if I sell one book or 10 million, I'm not getting on another 6 a.m. flight out of an airport... read full article
  • Season’s end means mixed emotions for mom

    By Gina Nahai

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It's 2 p.m. on a Saturday, and I'm sitting with a dozen other women in the bleachers on a field in Palos Verdes.

    I've had to get up at 6 a.m. start driving at 7 a.m. to get my son here at 8 a.m., and I know I'll be here for at least another couple of hours. I've lived in Southern...
  • Why is this award different from all others?

    By Gina Nahai

    May 3, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I'm sitting with my husband in the packed and darkened auditorium at Royce Hall in UCLA. It's the night of the LA Times Book Prizes, but we might as well be at some Hollywood awards show: The stage is decorated like the set of a movie -- Sean Penn is sitting two seats to my right;...
  • Becoming American

    By Gina Nahai

    April 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    She comes up to me through the crowd -- designer clothes and Tahitian pearls and that I-know-I'm-gorgeous confidence that makes her impossible to look away from -- and hands me one of my own books. We're at a writers' conference in Long Beach. I'm scheduled to speak later in the day,...
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  • My December visit with ‘lady’

    By Gina Nahai

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    "Agha isn't here," Khanum says as soon as I walk in through the door. "I don't know when he'll be back."

    Agha is her husband -- dead for 35 years and buried in Iran -- but she speaks about him as if he were just out running an errand.

    "No point waiting around for him," she tells...

  • Rushdie’s ‘Clown’ No Laughing Matter

    By Gina Nahai

    April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Shalimar the Clown : A Novel," by Salman Rushdie (Random House, 2005).

    Salman Rushdie is at Disney Hall, addressing a near-capacity audience as part of the Music Center's 2006 Speaker Series. He has come this March 1 evening to talk about politics and art, truth and...

  • Botox Beware

    By Gina Nahai

    January 20, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    My first inkling that something has gone tragically wrong is when I hand the parking attendant my valet ticket and see a wicked, knowing smile -- I know what you've been up to and trust me, you shouldn't have -- spread across her face. I try to smile back at her, but my cheeks...

  • The Legacy of ‘Esther’s Children’

    By Gina Nahai

    June 6, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In his introduction to Esther's Children," (Jewish Publication Society, $110) editor Houman Sarshar speaks of a time when, at 6 years old and about to start elementary school, he discovered his legacy as an Iranian Jew. Over breakfast in their apartment in Tehran, Houman's father, a...

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