A Port Moody author has his new book in the city library’s White Pines Collection.
Omid Kaveh recently published A Gift From Cyrus, a story about a 12-year-old boy who follows the Zoroastrian religion when the Iranian Revolution breaks out in 1979.
Under the Islamic regime, the character survives decades of social discrimination, injustice and war before moving to Canada where he finds the love of his life who disappeared years before.
Published by Tellwell Talent, Kaveh started writing the 360-page paperback as the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020.
“It is unbelievable how in line it became with the current Woman, Life, Freedom movement in Iran,” the author told the Tri-City News.
He added, “Pain is not an easy thing to write about unless it is eased by the hope of a better future. I wanted to share the untold, which required courage. Being a voice for the silenced is only possible if one has experienced it. I wanted to tell a story about a time when — despite all the limitations and restrictions imposed on them — an innocent soul could find love in its most pure form imaginable.”
A Gift From Cyrus can be bought via Amazon, Kindle, Barnes & Noble and Indigo.
The White Pines Collection at the Port Moody Public Library (100 Newport Dr.) highlights local authors, poets and illustrators. Books are added to the special collection for a year and are promoted in the library marketing materials, as well as at an annual gala.
To be eligible, authors must live in the Tri-Cities or Burnaby and their works must be published within the last six years, be in English and professionally printed.
Books from Pamela K. Turner, Lyn E. Ayre, Jim Peacock, Harmonie Garry, Karen Hein, Cat Hendricks and Matteo Iuzzolino are in the 2022 series.