The Epicenter: Taleen Voskuni with Jen Siraganian (SF)
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Litquake is excited to launch our Spring 2023 season, with Sorry, Bro, the debut novel by Bay Area author Taleen Voskuni. This vibrant and heartfelt queer rom-com, set amidst the current San Francisco tech community, follows a young Armenian-American woman as she rediscovers her roots and embraces who she really is.
When Nareh Bedrossian’s non-Armenian boyfriend gets down on one knee and proposes to her in front of a room full of drunken tech boys, she realizes it’s time to find someone who shares her idea of romance. Her mother, armed with plenty of mom-guilt and a spreadsheet of Facebook-stalked Armenian men, convinces Nar to attend “Explore Armenia,” a month-long series of events in the city. But it’s not the mom-approved playboy doctor or the wealthy engineer who catch Nar’s eye-it’s Erebuni, a woman as immersed in the witchy arts as she is in preserving Armenian identity. Suddenly, with Erebuni as her wingwoman, the events feel like far less of a chore, and much more of an adventure. Who knew cooking up kuftes together could be so…sexy? Taleen Voskuni appears in conversation with Los Gatos Poet Laureate Jen Siraganian.
Taleen Voskuni is an Armenian-American writer who grew up in the Bay Area diaspora, surrounded by a rich Armenian community and her ebullient family. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in English and currently lives in San Francisco. Other than a newfound obsession with writing romcoms, she spends her free time cultivating her kids, her garden, and her dark chocolate addiction. Sorry, Bro is her first published novel.
Jen Siraganian is a writer, educator, literary organizer, and Poet Laureate of Los Gatos. She has been nominated for a Ruth Lilly Fellowship and a Pushcart Prize. Her writing has appeared in Best New Poets 2016, Cream City Review, Mid-American Review, Smartish Pace, Barrow Street, Southwest Review, Not Somewhere Else But Here: A Contemporary Anthology of Women and Place, and other literary journals and anthologies.
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