Nassim is now based in Seattle after 5 years abroad in Afghanistan, Cuba, and Turkey. She has just co-produced the audiobook for Aria (click here for a sample and here to buy it) with a very talented cast of actors and singers, including Susan Soriano and Ziba Shirazi. She hopes to have a publication date for her second novel, Say I Am You, very soon. In the meanwhile, she is thrilled to have started a job as Director of Stage Content for TEDMED, the only job she can imagine that integrates all of her background.
Nassim is proud to have a chapter in Tremors, an anthology of new fiction by Iranian-American authors, edited by the amazing Anita Amirrezvani and Persis Karim. She also has an entry in Hedgebrook's new cookbook (coming out September 10, 2013; stay tuned for a TV interview on King 5).
She continues to be very active in the TED Community, attending 3 conferences this year (including TEDMED for the first time) and doing some behind-the-scenes curation and speaker coaching. She guest curated and hosted a session at TEDGlobal 2013 with Gabriella Gomez-Mont, with a focus on the Middle East and Latin America. The legacy of TEDxRainier lives on (November 9-10, 2013 will be its fourth year!) thanks to the tireless work of Phil Klein, and she had the pleasure of emceeing one of the sessions last November.
Doctoring takes many forms these days--from human rights work domestically and globally to tech consulting. She continues to be a primary care doctor at her beloved Country Doctor Community Health Clinics on an occasional basis.
Nassim's long-term dream is to start a Peace Center based in Beirut that focuses on Middle Eastern women, soft power, and reconciliation across national borders, languages, ethnicities, and religions. To that end, she has had great fun participating in various races of the Beirut Marathon, including the first women and girls' empowerment race (running in the Beirut Marathon as part of a multinational peace team in 2011 while visibly pregnant apparently caused quite a stir).
Watch this space for more news, or you can always follow Nassim's latest thoughts and discoveries on her twitter page.