Saturday, July 27, 2019 – 7:00 pm
Sasan Ghahreman is an Iranian-Canadian novelist, journalist, actor and director, and social-documentary photographer. Born in 1961 in Iran, he studied Performing Arts at the University of Tehran and performed in 25 plays and directed 5 inaddition to writing a collection of short stories and a number of plays and screenplays before moving to Canada in 1984. Years later, he continued his academic education in English Literature and Sociology at the York University in Toronto.
During the past 3 decades, Ghahreman has published 4 novels, a number of short stories, 3 plays, a collection of critical articles, and 3 selection of poems. His first and 2nd novels, Gossal (1995-2016) and Cafe Renaissance (1997-2016) have been praised by numerous Iranian critics around the world and reprinted several times due to public demand. He has also directed and performed in numerous plays, and three feature films by the Iranian filmmakers residing in Canada.
He has been executive director and chief editor of a socio-cultural magazine, Sepeedar (1992-95) and a bi-lingual monthly Web-zine, Gozaar (2006-09). He was one of the funders and twice board member of the Association of the Iranian Writers in Canada (1996-99) and alternative board member of the Association of the Iranian Writers in Exile (1999-2001). He is the founder of Afra Publishing, the first Iranian publishing house in Canada (since 1995) and Cafe Renaissance Academy for Alternative Art and Literature in which he has been coaching Creative Writing workshops since 2011. Currently, Sasan Ghahreman is working on his latest novel (The Funeral), an English play (Your Very Own Best Friend), and a textbook on Creative Writing.