Firoozeh Dumas

Firoozeh Dumas was born in Abadan, Iran and moved to Whittier, California at the age of seven. After a two-year stay, she and her family moved back to Iran and lived in Ahvaz and Tehran. Two years later, they moved back to Whittier, then to Newport Beach. Firoozeh then attended UC Berkeley where she met and married a Frenchman.
In 2008, Firoozeh published a collection of short stories, Laughing Without an Accent, which also became a national bestseller. In 2016, she will publish her first book of middle grade fiction, It Ain’t so Awful, Falafel. Her novel has so far received high praise from early reviewers, including starred reviews from Kirkus and Booklist.
Firoozeh has also written for the New York Times, Gourmet Magazine, Los Angeles Times, and many other outlets. You may have heard her commentaries on National Public Radio. When not writing, Firoozeh is active on the lecture circuit. She has spoken at hundreds of schools, conferences and festivals.