Watermark Books & Café Invites You to Kaveh Akbar

Watermark Books & Café will be hosting the award-winning and phenomenal poet Kaveh Akbar for his electrifying and wholly original narrative Martyr! on Thursday, February 8th at 7:30 pm. Kaveh Akbar is known for his award-winning poetry collections: Calling a Wolf a Wolf, Pilgram Bell, and Portrait of the Alcoholic. He will be at Watermark to discuss his first novel Martyr! which follows Cyrus Shams on a journey of introspection and discovery. Cyrus is a drunk, addict, and poet. His obsession with Martyrs and dealing with the death of his mother drives him to examine the mysteries of his past. Martyr! is a paean to show we spend our lives seeking meaning - in faith, art, ourselves, and others. Kaveh will be here to discuss his book, do a Q&A, and do a book signing. We hope to see you there! if you are interested in attending the event, RSVP on Eventbrite by using the button below. Thank you!


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About the Book:

 TIME MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK • 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.

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.

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.

Thursday, February 8, 2024 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
4701 E Douglas Ave
Wichita, KS 67218
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Martyr!: A novel By Kaveh Akbar Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593537619
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Published: Knopf - January 23rd, 2024

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Published: Graywolf Press - August 3rd, 2021