Fireside Chat Author Series - Marjan Kamali

Join us for a Fireside Chat with Marjan Kamali about her book Together Tea.  Perfect for a mother-daughter outing or an evening of interesting socializing.  The evening will start with networking and continue on with a conservation and reading by the author followed by a question and answer session.  The discussion will be moderated by Deborah Smith, Enterprise & Partner Group Sales Manager at Microsoft Corporation and WEST Board member.

About the Book

In Together Tea, Marjan Kamali’s delightful and heartwarming debut novel, Darya has discovered the perfect gift for her daughter’s twenty-fifth birthday: an ideal husband. Mina, however, is fed up with her mother’s years of endless matchmaking and the spreadsheets grading available Iranian-American bachelors. Having spent her childhood in Tehran and the rest of her life in New York City, Mina has experienced cultural clashes firsthand, but she’s learning that the greatest clashes sometimes happen at home. After a last ill-fated attempt at matchmaking, mother and daughter embark on a return journey to Iran. Immersed once again in Persian culture, the two women gradually begin to understand each other. But when Mina falls for a young man who never appeared on her mother’s matchmaking radar, will Mina and Darya’s new-found appreciation for each other survive? Together Tea is a moving and joyous novel about family, love, and finding the place you truly belong.

About the Author

Marjan Kamali was born in Turkey to Iranian parents. She holds an MFA in creative writing from New York University and an MBA from Columbia University. Her work has been a top finalist in Glimmer Train's Fiction Open and the Asian American Short Story Contest. Together Tea is her first novel and will be translated into several languages including German, Italian, Norwegian, Czech, and Slovakian. Visit the author at or on Facebook at

Date and Time:  
December 12, 2013
6:30 - 8:30 PM


Microsoft New England Research and Development Center, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA

Map and Parking Info

We appreciate Microsoft New England Research and Development Center donating the use of their event space.

Members: $25; Non-Members: $40, Workshop and Annual Membership: $110

A light dinner will be served.

To Register

WEST's Fireside Chat Author Series has different authors presenting every other month.  Other events in this series is a Fireside Chat with Jodi Detjen on February 11, 2014 in Waltham, MA and a Fireside Chat with Betsy Myers on April 3, 2014 in Waltham, MA.

If you are a student looking for financial assistance to attend this event, please visit