Shahriar Mandanipour is regarded as one of the most accomplished writers of contemporary Iranian literature. His honors include the 1998 Golden Tablet Award for best fiction in Iran during the previous two decades, the 2004 Mehregan Award for the best children’s novel, and Best Film Critique at the 1994 Tehran Press Festival. His works include the short-story collections The Eighth Day of the Earth, Violet Orient, Midday Moon, Mummy and Honey, Shadows of the Cave, Ultramarine Blue, and the two-volume novel The Courage of Love. In 1999 he became editor-in-chief of Asr-e Panjshanbeh (Thursday Evening), a monthly literary journal that in 2007 was confiscated by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. His first novel to appear in English, Censoring an Iranian Love Story, translated by Sara Khalili, was named by the New Yorker magazine as one of their reviewers’ favorites of 2009, and by NPR as one of the best debut novels of the year. It has been translated into eleven languages.