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October 13, 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

In-Person at Books & Books Coconut Grove: An Evening with Navied Mahdavian & Bryn Durgin


Books & Books


October 13, 2023
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Books & Books in Coconut Grove
3409 Main Hwy
Coconut Grove, FL 33133 United States
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Books & Books presents…


in conversation with

Bryn Durgin



(Chronicle, $25.95)

Friday, October 13th, 7:30 PM | Books & Books, Coconut Grove


Books & Books is pleased to present an evening with Navied Mahdavian as he discusses his vibrant graphic memoir: This Country: Searching for Home in (Very) Rural America (Chronicle, $25.95). He will be in conversation with Bryn Durgin.

This event is FREE and open to the public and books will be available for purchase the night of the event! Please RSVP only if you intend to join us.

About the Book:

“In Mahdavian’s hands, comics feel like poetry. Perfect ink drawings bring land, beast, and humans, with all their delicacy and yearning, viscerally to life. This Country … made me want to grant my own surroundings the grace, humor, and dignity of Mahdavian’s observant study.” —Amy Kurzweil, cartoonist and author of Flying Couch: A Graphic Memoir

A gorgeously illustrated and written debut graphic memoir about belonging, identity, and making a home in the remote American West, by New Yorker cartoonist Navied Mahdavian.

Before Navied Mahdavian moved with his wife and dog in November of 2016 from San Francisco to an off-the-grid cabin in rural Idaho, he had never fished, gardened, hiked, hunted, or lived in a snowy place. But there, he could own land, realize his dream of being an artist, and start a family—the Millennial dream. Over the next three years, Mahdavian leaned into the wonders of the natural Idaho landscape and found himself adjusting to and enjoying a slower pace of living. But beyond the boundaries of his six acres, he was confronted with the realities of America’s political shifts and forced to confront the question: Do I belong here?

Mahdavian’s beautifully written and unflinchingly honest graphic memoir charts his growth and struggles as an artist, citizen, and new father. It celebrates his love of place and honors the relationships he makes in rural America, touching on dynamics like culture, environment, and identity in America, and even articulating difficult moments of racism and brutality he found there as a Middle Eastern American. With wit, compassion, and a sense of humor, Mahdavian’s insider perspective offers a unique portrait of one of the most remote and wild areas of the American West.


About the Author:

Navied Mahdavian has been a contributing cartoonist at the New Yorker since 2018. His work has also been published in Reader’s Digest, Wired, and Alta Online and the books The Rejection Collection and Send Help! Before becoming a cartoonist, he taught the fifth grade, where he learned most of his jokes. Mahdavian was born in Miami and lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

About the Moderator:

A writer and humorist currently based in Sarasota, FL, Bryn Durgin is a contributor to The New Yorker. She is also Director of Programming at Bookstore1Sarasota and runs the popular Banned Book Club, which is no laughing matter.