Author Adib Khorram Speaks November 11
Adib Khorram, the author of Mercersburg’s 2020 Community Read selection Darius the Great Is Not Okay, gave a virtual talk to the school community at a school meeting November 11. All students and faculty (and many staff and other community members) read the book over the summer.
Darius the Great Is Not Okay earned the Young Adult Library Services Association’s William C. Morris Award for Best Debut Author Writing for Teens, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Young Adult Literature, and a Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor. Khorram’s most recent book (released in August) is the companion to his first novel, titled Darius the Great Deserves Better. His debut picture book, Seven Special Somethings: A Nowruz Story, will be released in spring 2021.
Khorram grew up in Kansas City, MO, and studied design and technical theater with an emphasis in lighting design at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. He later attended film school.
In September, Mercersburg students and faculty gathered in small groups to discuss Darius the Great Is Not Okay, followed by a Persian-themed meal created by the school’s dining-services provider Meriwether Godsey.
All students also formulated a project in response to the book as part of the community-reading assignment. Using their inspiration from the book, students created a podcast, a work of visual or performance art, a short story, or other extension-learning activity. (To see some of the projects and view a virtual book club with faculty member and Writing Center Director Michele Poacelli P ’24, click here.)
Khorram was the seventh author of a community-reading selection to address the school in recent years. Others include MJ Hegar (Shoot Like a Girl), Robin Benway (Far From the Tree), Lauren Markham (The Far Away Brothers), Erika L. Sánchez (I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter), Father Gregory Boyle (Tattoos on the Heart), and Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give).