Meet Gerry and the Schaks: American classics, skilled musicians, an unforgettable voice

I encountered the band Gerry and the Schaks quite by accident. I’d read a fascinating novel, The Ruby Tear Catcher, by Nahid Sewell, and after I’d written about the novelist for a national magazine, I remained connected with Nahid via Facebook. One day I was scrolling down notifications, and saw a post she’d made about her husband’s music. I clicked on it. I loved what I found.  Continue reading “Meet Gerry and the Schaks: American classics, skilled musicians, an unforgettable voice”

Sewell draws on Persian and US culture for jump into fiction

Photo credit: Nahid Sewell on Facebook
Photo credit: Nahid Sewell on Facebook

Some writers might rest on their laurels once they’d published four nonfiction books and hundreds of articles. Nahid Sewell, however, sought a means of sharing her ideas about tolerance. Born in Iran, Sewell had one foot in Persian culture and another in her experiences as a US college student. Like many other accomplished writers, Sewell came to realize fiction offered an opportunity to share her heritage and her newfound culture.  Continue reading “Sewell draws on Persian and US culture for jump into fiction”

Two creatives: Author and singer have stories to tell on Iran and more

Photo credit: Nahid Sewell on Facebook
Photo credit: Nahid Sewell on Facebook

I first came to know Nahid Sewell through her novel The Ruby Tear Catcher. I read the novel, and concurrently running through my mind were the Iranian expatriates I came to know well as friends in the 1980s. I wrote about her novel for The Writer Magazine.

Years after I wrote that story, I saw video Nahid posted of her husband on Facebook where she and I had reconnected. I was blown away again.  Continue reading “Two creatives: Author and singer have stories to tell on Iran and more”