28 2021

People of the Book: Esther Amini, Concealed

7:00PM - 8:00PM  


Contact Jeremy Lisitza

Esther Amini’s mem­oir, Con­cealed, Memoir of a Jewish-Iranian Daughter Caught Between the Chador and America is a provoca­tive com­ing-of-age saga, recount­ing her youth and ear­ly adult­hood as a first-gen­er­a­tion Iran­ian Amer­i­can Jew­ish woman in the 1950s and ​‘60s. Her per­son­al strug­gles are inter­twined with her his­to­ry and cul­ture, as she recounts the sto­ry of her Jew­ish ances­tors.

Esther Ami­ni is a writer, painter, and psy­cho­an­a­lyt­ic psy­chother­a­pist in pri­vate prac­tice. Her short sto­ries have appeared in ElleLilith, Tablet, The Jew­ish Week, Barnard Mag­a­zine, TK University’s Inscape Lit­er­ary, and Prox­im­i­ty. She was named one of Aspen Words’ two best-emerg­ing mem­oirists and award­ed its Emerg­ing Writer Fel­low­ship in 2016 based on her mem­oir Con­cealed. Her pieces have been per­formed by Jew­ish Women’s The­atre in Los Ange­les and in Man­hat­tan and she was cho­sen by JWT as their Artist-in-Res­i­dence in 2019.