Zahra's Paradise

By Amir; Khalil; Khalil (Illustrator)
(First Second, Hardcover, 9781596436428, 272pp.)

Publication Date: September 13, 2011

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Set in the aftermath of Iran's fraudulent elections of 2009, "Zahra's Paradise "is the fictional story of the search for Mehdi, a young protestor who has vanished into an extrajudicial twilight zone. What's keeping his memory from being obliterated is not the law. It is the grit and guts of his mother, who refuses to surrender her son to fate, and the tenacity of his brother, a blogger, who fuses tradition and technology to explore and explode the void in which Mehdi has vanished.

"Zahra's Paradise "weaves together fiction and real people and events. As the world witnessed the aftermath of Iran's fraudulent elections, through YouTube videos, on Twitter, and in blogs, this story came into being. The global response to this gripping tale has been passionate--an echo of the global outcry during the political upheaval of the summer of 2009. "Zahra's Paradise "is a first on the internet, a first for graphic novels, and a first in the history of political dissidence. "Zahra's Paradise "is being serialized online. "Zahra's Paradise" is a Publishers Weekly Best Comics title for 2011.

About the Author
Nina Amir, the president of CopyWright Communications (, is a seasoned journalist, editor, author, blogger, writing coach, workshop leader, and speaker with more than 30 years of experience in the publishing field. She is the founder of Write Nonfiction in November, a blog and writing challenge, and currently writes four other blogs, including"How to Blog a Book" and "Write Nonfiction Now!" Amir has edited or written for more than 45 local, national, and international magazines, newspapers, e-zines, and newsletters, producing hundreds of articles. Her essays have been published in five anthologies.

Amir also has a proven track record as a book editor. One of her client's books, "Enlightened Leadership" by Ed Oakley and Doug Krug, was self-published and then purchased and re-released by Simon & Schuster; it has sold more than 230,000 copies to date. Another, "Radical Forgiveness" by Colin Tipping, won the 1998 Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Award and went on to sell 115,000+ copies. Amir now resides with her husband and two children in the Santa Cruz Mountains in Los Gatos, CA. Visit her website at

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