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Adib Khorram with Lana Wood Johnson
Wild Rumpus
Minneapolis, MN
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Thank you for joining us for this event with Adib Khorram and Lana Wood Johnson. You can purchase DARIUS THE GREAT DESERVES BETTER, DARIUS THE GREAT IS NOT OKAY, and TECHNICALLY, YOU STARTED IT on the Wild Rumpus website at: https://www.wildrumpusbooks.com/adibkhorram


Adib Khorram with Lana Wood Johnson
Join us for a virtual event with William C. Morris Award winning author Adib Khorram to celebrate the release of his new novel, DARIUS THE GREAT DESERVES BETTER. Adib will be joined by Lana Wood Johnson, the author of TECHNICALLY, YOU STARTED IT.

About DARIUS THE GREAT DESERVES BETTER: Darius Kellner is having a bit of a year. Since his trip to Iran, a lot has changed. He's getting along with his dad, and his best friend Sohrab is only a Skype call away. Between his first boyfriend, Landon, varsity soccer practices, and an internship at his favorite tea shop, things are falling into place. Then, of course, everything changes. Darius's grandmothers are in town for a long visit, and Darius can't tell whether they even like him. The internship is not going according to plan, Sohrab isn't answering Darius's calls, and Dad is far away on business. And Darius is sure he really likes Landon... but he's also been hanging out with Chip Cusumano, former bully and current soccer teammateand well, maybe he's not so sure about anything after all. Darius was just starting to feel okay, like he finally knew what it meant to be Darius Kellner. But maybe okay isn't good enough. Maybe Darius deserves better.

Adib Khorram lives in Kansas City, Missouri. When he isn't writing (or at his day job as a graphic designer), you can probably find him trying to get his hundred-yard freestyle under a minute, learning to do a Lutz jump, or steeping a cup of oolong.

Lana Wood Johnson was born and raised in Iowa in the time before the internet but has spent the rest of her life making up for that. After years working in wireless communication for companies of all sizes, she now works doing the same for a local youth shelter. Lana lives in Minnesota with her husband and their English bulldog.


"Khorram explores the intersection of Iranian and queer identity with aching tenderness and realism. This book is like a cup of tea that is as comforting as it is bold. I love it." Abdi Nazemian, Stonewall Honor-winning author of Like a Love Story

"Khorram manages the impossible: A stunning follow-up to Darius the Great Is Not Okay that stands alone as a masterful exploration of love, grief, and desire. This isn't just a book I needed as a teenager; it's one I need right now."  Mark Oshiro, award-winning author of Anger Is a Gift

"I'm absolutely in love with this book. Adib Khorram has written another wise and charming tale that explores all the complexities of intersectional identities with heart and humor."  Jasmine Warga, Newbery Honor-winning author of Other Words for Home

Accolades for Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram:

   William C. Morris Award Winner

   APALA Young Adult Literature Award Winner

   A Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book

   A TIME Best YA Book of the Year

   A Buzzfeed Best Young Adult Book of the Year

   A Wall Street Journal Best Childrens Book of the Year

   A Boston Globe Best Childrens Book of the Year

**This is a virtual event that will be hosted on Zoom - you will need access to a computer or other device that is capable of accessing and sufficient Internet access. If you have not used Zoom before, you may consider referencing Getting Started with Zoom.**


Wild Rumpus (View)
virtual (on Zoom Webinar)
Minneapolis, MN 55410
United States



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