Kaveh Akbar in conversation with Sanjena Sathian - Martyr!

Kaveh Akbar in conversation with Sanjena Sathian - Martyr!

Thursday, Apr 18, 2024 7:00 PM

Inman Park Church Sanctuary
1015 Edgewood Avenue, NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

A newly sober, orphaned son of Iranian immigrants, guided by the voices of artists, poets, and kings, embarks on a remarkable search for a family secret that leads him to a terminally ill painter living out her final days in the Brooklyn Museum. Electrifying, funny, and wholly original, "Martyr!" heralds the arrival of an essential new voice in contemporary fiction.

Join us at the Inman Park Church Sanctuary for a special evening with New York Times bestselling author Kaveh Akbar in honor of his blockbuster debut novel, "Martyr!." Akbar will appear in conversation with Atlanta’s own Sanjena Sathian, author of the critically acclaimed novel “Gold Diggers."

A selection of the author's titles, including "Martyr!" will be available for sale at the event. The author will sign after the program. Ticketholders will receive $10 credit toward the purchase of any books for sale at this event. Skip the service fees by purchasing in-store.

Please note: All tickets are non-refundable.

About the Book

Cyrus Shams is a young man grappling with an inheritance of violence and loss: his mother’s plane was shot down over the skies of the Persian Gulf in a senseless accident; and his father’s life in America was circumscribed by his work killing chickens at a factory farm in the Midwest. Cyrus is a drunk, an addict, and a poet, whose obsession with martyrs leads him to examine the mysteries of his past—toward an uncle who rode through Iranian battlefields dressed as the angel of death to inspire and comfort the dying, and toward his mother, through a painting discovered in a Brooklyn art gallery that suggests she may not have been who or what she seemed.

Kaveh Akbar’s "Martyr!" is a paean to how we spend our lives seeking meaning—in faith, art, ourselves, others.

About the Author

Kaveh Akbar's poems appear in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Paris Review, "The Best American Poetry," and elsewhere. He is the author of two poetry collections: "Pilgrim Bell" and "Calling a Wolf a Wolf," in addition to a chapbook, "Portrait of the Alcoholic." He is also the editor of "The Penguin Book of Spiritual Verse: 110 Poets on the Divine." He lives in Iowa City.

About the Conversation Partner

Sanjena Sathian is the author of the critically acclaimed novel "Gold Diggers" (Penguin Press), which was named a Top 10 Best Book of 2021 by the Washington Post and a Best Book of 2021 by NPR, Electric Literature, and Amazon. It was longlisted for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize and won Georgia’s Townsend Prize for Fiction.

Her short fiction appears or is forthcoming in "The Best American Short Stories," The Atlantic, Conjunctions, One Story, Boulevard, The Southern Humanities Review, and more. She’s had nonfiction bylines for The New York Times, The Drift, The Yale Review, NewYorker.com, and Lithub, among others.

She’s a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and teaches fiction at Emory University.

Her second novel, "Goddess Complex," is forthcoming from Penguin Press in March 2025.